Whitworth, Rex (Ed.).


1st ed., 1988. Xii + 162 pp., 44 photo, maps & other plates + ill., maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. V.G.+. In 1741 Woolwich Academy became the first place of military learning in Britain and in 1744 a cadet company was established. James Wood was one of the first cadets trained at Woolwich and served successively as Volunteer, Mattross, Cadet, Cadet Gunner and Fireworker in France, the Low Counties, Scotland and for nearly 10 years in India between 1746-1765. His plain written factual diary now published for the first time describes in professional manner the day to day routine for a junior rank in the field train of the army. Periods of home service at Woolwich are omitted. In editing Wood's diary, Rex Whitworth has placed Wood's basic story in the contemporary military scene and so fills out the record of the professional British field gunner. This was a period when the army, in close co-operation with the Navy, fought the most successful war of our history on a worldwide canvas. The hazards of maritime operations in days of sail are fully brought out by Wood and he sheds new light on the earliest activities of the King's troops in India.

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