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Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors
by Richard Holmes

A magisterial new history of the British soldier – a man famously described by the Duke of Wellington as ‘the scum of the earth’. From battlefield to barrack-room, this book is stuffed to the brim with anecdotes and stories of soldiers from the army of Charles II, through Empire and two World Wars to modern times.

‘If any of his many works of military history should stand as a memorial to his work and achievement, this last most lively book might well be the most fitting’ The Times

‘A book of majestic, heart-rending humanity: a deeply affectionate portrait of British soldiers as they have existed for more than 350 years’ Daily Telegraph

‘Almost every page is adorned with a fascinating fact or amusing vignette . . . illuminating just how much, and how little, the Army has changed over the centuries. Holmes was a first-rate military historian and his passion for his subject shines through. “That article” [the British Tommy] could not hope for a finer champion.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Stirring and magnificent . . . covers every aspect of army life you can think of, and many you wouldn’t have’ Sunday Times

“Holmes’s thematic panorama glitters with fascinating detail” Independent
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