Reilly, Robin.


1st ed., 1960. Xiv + 367 pp., cold., frontis., + b&w plates. Black cloth ; 22 x 14cm. Foxing mainly to edges & prelims o/w V.G. James Wolfe, 1727-59, was an English soldier who is best remembered for commanding 9,000 men in Pitt’s scheme to expel the French from Canada and capture Quebec in 1759. The attack on Montcalm’s strong position was extremely difficult but Wolfe eventually made it to the plains of Abraham and after a short struggle the French were routed. Montcalm was killed, Quebec capitulated and its fall decided the fate of Canada. Major-General Wolfe died in the hour of victory and although this biography pays much due attention to this climaxing episode in his life, it does not neglect Wolfe’s earlier years as it traces his childhood, his ensign’s commission in 1742, his service in 1743 at Dettingen and then in 1745-6 against the Scottish Jacobites at Falkirk and Culloden and his wounding at Lawfeldt. From 1749 to 1757 Wolfe was on garrison duty in England and Scotland and in the mismanaged expedition against Rochefort in 1757, he was quartermaster-general. In 1758, as colonel, he commanded a brigade in the expedition against Cape Breton and he was largely responsible for the capture of Louisburg in 1758. A superb biography illustrated with plates.

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