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Great Military Commanders

Marlborough, Wellington and Slim
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Britain has produced some fine generals since 1066: the soldier-kings Henry II, Edward III, Robert the Bruce and Henry V; in the 17th Century Oliver Cromwell and George Monck; James Wolfe and John Moore who fell in battle at Quebec and Corunna respectively; the great 19th Century commanders Garnet Wolseley, Frederick 'Bob' Roberts and Horatio Kitchener; Douglas Haig and Edmund Allenby of the First World War, and Bernard Montgomery of Alamein in the Second.

But three stand out, and for different reasons: John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, victor over the seemingly unbeatable French at Blenheim, who was as comfortable with grand strategy as he was tinkering with the nuts and bolts of military logistics; Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, a supreme organizer and master of the defensive action, who defeated Napoleon, one of the military greats, in his final battle at Waterloo; and Bill (later Viscount) Slim, the son of a shopkeeper, who turned the tide against the all-conquering Japanese in Burma in 1944, and rose to the very top of the British Army. Of these three towering figures, who deserves the accolade of 'the greatest'?

This stimulating long essay will provoke intense discussion among military historians as well as providing a compelling introduction to the lives of the greatest British generals.

Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically-acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (short-listed for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and, most recently, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire.

Saul David also writes acclaimed historical fiction. Zulu Hart, the first in the George Hart series, was a bestseller in 2009, followed by Hart of Empire.

An experienced broadcaster, Saul David has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular contributor to Radio 4.

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Title: Great Military Commanders: Marlborough, Wellington and Slim
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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