1st ed., 1977. 192 pp., ills., + map. D.j., 25 x 17cm. D.j., a little browned around edges o/w FINE. During the eighteenth century Britain had been loath to invest much into her army lest it should lead to civil liberty and so her system of control was ostensibly designed to prevent this. This produced a complex system through which Wellington was victorious over the French because he was able to manage the administrative hydra in England. His self-task was ‘to do the best I can with the instruments that have been sent to assist me’. The author here unravels the web of complexity over which Wellington and his forces won a notable victory – as well as the French. He describes the recruiting of officers and other ranks, the achievement of advance by purchase, all the services, and how these component parts worked in together. The author provides insight into what life was like in these forces, recruited from the desperate rather than the patriotic, and gives information on uniforms, weapons and organisation that is seldom included in other books of the period.