Lord Methuen and the British Army

Lord Methuen and the British Army

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This study analyses the readiness of the British military establishment for war in 1899 and its performance in the South African War (1899-1902). It focuses on the career of Field Marshal Paul Sanford, 3rd Baron Methuen, whose traditional military training, used so effectively in Queen Victoria's small wars, was put to the test by the modern challenges of the South African War. Through detailed analyses of Methuen's campaigns, this study demonstrates that neither Methuen nor the British army was prepared for modern warfare. Despite this, Methuen and the British officer class were able to make the necessary transition to defeat the Boers and propel the British army into the twentieth century.This feeling of confidence and respect spreads itself through the nation.49 To understand these words is to understand at once both ... In this essay, his rarely expressed beliefs about the ability of the landed gentry to rule are apparent.

Title:Lord Methuen and the British Army
Author: Stephen M. Miller
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-11-12

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