- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2nd Revised edition (March 21, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885119143
- ISBN-13: 978-1885119148
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough (Revised Edition) Hardcover – March 21, 1995
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While not a work I would recommend for someone interested in the campaigns of the era I would strongly encourage anyone interested in the mechanics of how soldiers fought at that time to buy this book. If you ever wondered how soldiers fired a match lock, or are interested in the use of ricochet firing in siege warfare, and many more little known tidbits then you will enjoy this book.
My biggest downside with the book is that I felt most of it was dry. I had a hard time getting into the book and found me forcing myself to finish. I have read a couple of other books by Chandler and did not have this problem. So perhaps it was the content it covered or something else, but I just couldn't get into it. Bottom line: if you want to learn more about warfare at the time of Marlborough this book cannot be beat in content, but you may find it hard to read.
As in any work of synthesis, Chandler's work cannot replace primal sources such as drill manuals, letters, diaries, memoirs, etc., from participants in the warfare he covers. Nor should it be read in expectation of giving a book-length treatment to any one battle or campaign -- Chandler is clearly painting with a broader brush in hope of giving us the big picture, albeit one that gives enough detail to stand magnified scrutiny.
Those who come to the subject via Chandler's work may well be intrigued enough to delve into more narrowly-oriented works on specific arms, units, battles or campaigns. Those whom want a good slice more of the reality of the age than the decent but very, very brief overviews offered by, say, the Osprey series cannot go wrong with either a used or reprint version of this book. Let those who cavil at its quality offer a list of more complete, accurate and pleasurable books covering the same topic in the same fine but broad manner.
"The Art of War in the Age of Marlborough" by David Chandler is a detailed yet readable account of the military organization, training methods, and tactical concepts of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century European armies examines how the regimental officer and soldier fought and maneuvered, whether in the line of battle or in siege trenches. Chandler also evaluates equipment, doctrine, and training and emphasizes cavalry, infantry, artillery, and engineering developments. This book is essential for understanding the armies that made possible the achievements of Marlborough, Prince Eugene, and Marshal Saxe between 1688 and 1748.