1st ed., 1998. Xx + 550 pp., cold., plates + 122 b&w photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. V.G.+. The story of the British Army in the twentieth century has never before been told or analysed in a single volume. Carver’s authoritative and readable book begins in an era in which the virtues of the lance and the sabre were still being advocated in competition with the new-fangled rifle. It ends in an era in which a lance corporal in Bosnia was fixing his position by satellite, and troops in the Gulf were being trained in how to deal with biological and chemical warfare. Between these two eras were the transforming experiences of two world wars, of new tactics and above all the continuing impact of new technology. This superb book is supported by many first-person action accounts and superb illustrations.