When the French declared war on Great Britain in 1793, they undermined the chosen policy of William Pitt, which had been to avoid conflict in order to repair the nation’s finances. The result of this policy was an understrength and inadequately resourced army. Whether campaigning on the continent in coalition with other European powers or picking up the colonial possessions of France and her allies, this army did little to add to its reputation. Yet, despite appearances, as the decade progressed there could be no doubt that improvements were taking place. When it was decided in 1800 that the French Army of the Orient, abandoned by Bonaparte, could be ejected from Egypt, the troops sent to achieve this objective were of a very different quality from those that had been dispatched to Flanders in 1793. This study analyses that force and its commanders, examines the preparations that contributed so notably to its success, and evaluates why it was able to take the fight to a battle-hardened Revolutionary force and defeat it.
BRITISH ARMY IN EGYPT 1801 An Underrated Army Comes of Age ‘From Reason to Revolution’ Series
A well researched and presented book coving a important period in the development and shaping of the British Army at the end of the French Revolutionary Wars. A concise summary of the campaign from the British perspective is followed by a more detailed analysis of the individual battles, the supporting maps are clear and there are a number of black and white illustrations and portraits to go with the text. It also gives short biographies of individual commanders down to brigade level.