From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914

From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914

Hardback Campaigns and Commanders

By (author) Spencer Jones

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  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Format: Hardback | 314 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 36mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 28 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oklahoma
  • ISBN 10: 0806142898
  • ISBN 13: 9780806142890
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 401,510

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The British Expeditionary Force at the start of World War I was tiny by the standards of the other belligerent powers. Yet, when deployed to France in 1914, it prevailed against the German army because of its professionalism and tactical skill, strengths developed through hard lessons learned a dozen years earlier. In October 1899, the British went to war against the South African Boer republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State, expecting little resistance. A string of early defeats in the Boer War shook the military's confidence. Historian Spencer Jones focuses on this bitter combat experience in From Boer War to World War, showing how it crucially shaped the British Army's tactical development in the years that followed.

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"From Boer War to World War" is on the must-read list for anyone with a serious interest in twentieth-century British military history--"Journal of British Studies"