Reid, Stuart.


1st ed., 1994. 128 pp., 8 cold., plates + numerous b&w photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 32 x 24cm. FINE. This rigorous analysis of the campaign and battle of Culloden – based on years of primary research in under-used archives, and on the actual battlefield – strips away the varnish of half-truth and simplistic romanticism. The heart of this book is a penetrating examination of the composition, organisation, equipment, training and tactical doctrines of the opposing armies. The detailed discussion of the course of the battle is based on a thorough understanding of how those armies fought; and is supported by an important new series of battle maps which reconcile, for the first time, contemporary maps and eyewitness accounts with modern topographical maps and personal examination of the field of Culloden. The text is supported by nearly 100 rare early engravings and paintings; and with a superb folio of eight full-colour plates, recreating the appearance of the fighting men of both armies. Also included are appendices, a full bibliography, and source notes.

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