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Using easy-to-follow, family-tree type tables, Bloodline shows the origins
and development of every regular formation in the British Army including the
latest amalgamations and changes brought about within the ‘Future Army
Structure’. The charts illustrate clearly how, in some cases, up to 25 original
regiments of the line have, over the centuries, by successive disbandments and
amalgamations, been reduced to a single regiment in today’s superb but
shamefully overstretched army. The Battle Honours of each post-Cardwell
constituent are recorded separately so the progress of each of the original
regiments, and the theatres in which it was involved, may be examined
individually. The pedigrees and Honours of disbanded units are also recorded so
their contribution will not be lost to posterity. A chronological summary of
Battle honours provides an overview of the British Army’s campaigns over the
past 300 years and notes on the origins of each formation place its original
purpose within the political and historical perspective of the time. A robust
editorial platform throughout applauds the Army as ‘the Nation’s most dependable
and trustworthy institution’ and castigates government neglect and public
indifference for the unnecessary ‘blood and sacrifices’ which successive
generations of soldiers have had to make as a result of inadequate investment
and preparation. Bloodline is a splendid record of achievement and will provide
an invaluable work of reference for anyone who has dealings with, or simply an
interest in or affection for, the British Army.
  • AUTHOR: Gordon, I
  • FORMAT: 164pp 246x189 Hb
  • Code: 21777

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