Fuller, Colonel J. F. C.


Hutchinson & Co., 1st ed., 1925. 255 pp., frontis.,-portrait + 7 fldg., plates of plans. Original blue cloth in a protective, plastic clip-cover ; 23 x 14cm. Edge of f.f.e.p., slightly stuck to f.e.p., (both blank) ; front hinge a little tender o/w V.G. This is a brief account of the growth and vicissitudes of British Light Infantry during the eighteenth century which the author claims, in his preface, is necessary for appreciating the great reformer Sir John Moore’s position in history. He explains, At the opening of the eighteenth century, no true light infantry existed in the British Army, and their utility only became apparent during the Seven Years’ War. From this war onwards, and until the day when Sir Jon Moore formed his famous camp at Shorncliffe, a determined struggle took place between a few clear-sighted men and the adherents of the traditional school with Frederick as its master. Without this struggle, the efforts of Sir John Moore would have been without avail, for it was this small band of big-hearted pioneers which prepared men’s minds for the changes he effected. Though all honour is due to Sir John Moore as the architect of the new discipline, we should not forget that honour is also due to such men as Bouquet, Howe, Money and von Ewald, for it was they who fought and broke the back of the antiquated tradition. Contents cover : Light Infantry in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries ; The Invention of the Fusil and the Bayonet ; The Re-introduction of Irregulars ; The Seven Years' War ; The American Wars, 1748-1760 ; The 60th Royal Americans ; The Lessons of the Seven Years’ War ; The American War of Independence ; The Hessians ; The Tactical Lessons of the American War ; The Light Infantry of the French Revolution ; The British Army Under Political Control ; The Tactical Demand for Light Infantry ; General Sir David Dundas ; Major-General John Money ; The 5th Battalion, the 60th Royal Americans ; The Rifled Musket ; The Experimental Rifle Corps ; Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. William Stewart ; Retrospect and Conclusions. SCARCE FIRST EDITION.

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