A Military Revolution?: Military Change and European Society by Jeremy Black

By Jeremy Black

During this radical reassessment, Jeremy Black demanding situations some of the tested assumptions concerning the so-called army Revolution of 1560- 1660. He argues that it's faraway from transparent army revolution did take place in this interval. certainly there's extra facts to indicate that the outline might be utilized extra adequately to the next hundred years. This booklet additionally re-examines the connection among army energy and family balance. instead of seeing the latter because the end result of the previous, Dr Black argues that it makes extra feel to work out the previous a result of latter.

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The following June he informed Charles Albert of Bavaria that this army had already lost at least half its strength through desertion and illness and that it had been ordered to withdraw to the French frontier: 'the king is absolutely unable to continue such a ruinous war at such a distance ... it is impossible for France to furnish every year a new army from its militia which is sent 200 leagues in order to perish soon after its arrival'. During the Seven Years War the French lost about a fifth of their army annually through desertion, ill health and enemy action, obliging them to find 50,000 replacements every year.

It was with no mere form of words that the Lords of the Admiralty ordered Admiral Sir George Rooke to sail into the Channel in April 1696 'with the first opportunity of wind and weather'. The weather affected both short-range and distant operations. Charles, third Duke of Marlborough, 35 who had commanded the British expedition that decided in June 1758 that St Malo was too strongly fortified to be attacked, commented in October of that year on the failure of the next expedition, whose rearguard had suffered badly when embarking in the face of a superior French force: 'I wish Mr.

Even when such magazines existed they could become exhausted, as the British in the Austrian Netherlands discovered in 1744. Their strategy was affected as a consequence, while the attempt to obtain contributions from occupied French territory was unsuccessful, because of the size of the demands. Forage was to be a major problem for the French in the Seven Years War. After the thaw, roads and the land in general were usually reasonably firm until autumnal rains made routes impassable and filled siegeworks with water.

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