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RAGLAN From The Peninsular To The Crimea

From The Peninsular To The Crimea  

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A revisionist military biography of Lord Raglan, one-armed Peninsular War and Waterloo veteran and C-in-C of the British Army in the ill-starred Crimean campaign of the 1850s. John Sweetman argues that Raglan has been unfairly blamed for the failures of an antiquated system, and in fact acquitted himself well of his awesome responsibilities.
Many historians have dismissed FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, first Baron Raglan, as at best, an indifferent and, at worst, an incompetent, on the basis of his association with the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade. Yet as this long overdue biography of a pivotal military figure of the 19th Century reveals, Raglan's achievements over fifty years should not be judged on so narrow a basis. True, as Commander of the Expeditionary Force to the Crimea, he must take his share of responsibility for the hardship suffered by the men under him particularly during the winter of 1854-55 but the fact remains that Raglan never lost a battle for which he was fully responsible. Commissioned in 1804 he served under Sir Arthur Paget and the Duke of Wellington, throughout the Peninsular War, losing an arm at Waterloo. He held key posts, including Military Secretary for an astonishing 25 years and Master General of the Ordnance, and his influence was far reaching. Raglan is revealed in this objective study as a brave, thoughtful, caring and capable man, who found himself an easy target for critics of an outdated and inadequate military administrative system. Very personal attacks, some from official quarters, mortally wounded him and he died in June 1855, a mere seven months after returning from the Crimea and being appointed a field marshal amid public acclaim. In this first full biography of Raglan, John Sweetman examines not just the man himself but the workings of an Army that was straggling to keep up with social and technological change. Readers will find this a fine exposé of a man who was placed in a no-win situation through little fault of his own.


Product Code: 21926
Author: John Sweetman
Format: HB, 384 pp Published Price £25
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