Harper Press, 1st ed., 2011. XXX + 656 pp., cold., + b&w photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This book is brimming with great stories about the British soldier, from the chaos of the battlefield to the fug of the barrack-room, from Ulster to Bengal, from Flanders fields to the Afghan hills. Exhaustively researched, this book shows where British soldiers came from, why they joined the army and how they reacted to military service. It considers the bonds of mates and the ties of discipline that sustained fighting men on the battlefield, but also the less martial aspects of the military – leave, family ties, drink, women, sport and gambling.