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British victory in Egypt, 1801 : the end of Napoleon's conquest /
Piers Mackesy.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
description
xii, 282 p. : ill.
ISBN
0415040647
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
isbn
0415040647
catalogue key
917967
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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..."greatly recommended for historians and readers interested in war history and technology. It is also of interest to those who wish to read about the greatness of the British empire and the success of its armies." -"The International Journal of African Historical Studies "Mackesy has now completed an excellent trilogy on the period that began with "The Strategy of Overthrow: 1798-9 (1974), and continued with "War without Victory: The Downfall of Pitt (1984). The result is a fine example of classical military history based upon high scholarship and fine discussion. This latest volume, encompassing the whole of Abercromby's career as a soldier in preparing Britain for success, was badly needed. Mackesy has written a definitive study; we should not require a successor for at least another generation." -"The International History Review
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In 1800 the British Army was the laughing-stock of Europe. A year later, after forty years of failure, its honour and reputation had been redeemed. British Victory in Egypt, 1801 recounts and analyses the story of the expeditionary force that ejected Bonaparte's crack troops from Egypt. Piers Mackesy shows how the future of the British Empire depended on the dislodging of the Napoleonic force in the Middle East. Outlining the daring assault and the masterly planning and discipline that brought victory against the odds, this book also reveals how vital Sir Ralph Abercromby, an elderly Scot and leader of the army, was to the final success of the venture. The part played in the victory by the Highland regiments is still celebrated in Scotland. British Victory In Egypt, 1801 charts a critical episode in European and military history. It also reveals the training, tactics and strategy of a unique campaign and its executors.
Long Description
"The British Victory in Egypt, 1801" recounts and analyzes the story of the British expeditionary force which ejected Napoleon's crack troops from Egypt. Piers Mackesy demonstrates how critically the future of the British Empire depended on the dislodging of the Napoleonic force in the Middle East. The author's military background allows him to illustrate insightful perspectives into different styles of leadership, the nature of discipline and combat training. Mackesy reveals the high risks involved in the English assault, weighted against the masterful planning and discipline which brought the English victory against the odds. He also highlights the role of Sir Ralph Abercromby, an elderly Scot and leader of the army, and his vitality to the final success of the venture. "The British Victory in Egypt" charts a critical episode in European and military history. It also provides a fascinating portrayal of the training, tactics, and strategy of a unique campaign and its executors.
Main Description
The British Victory in Egypt, 1801recounts and analyzes the story of the British expeditionary force which ejected Napoleon's crack troops from Egypt. Piers Mackesy demonstrates how critically the future of the British Empire depended on the dislodging of the Napoleonic force in the Middle East. The author's military background allows him to illustrate insightful perspectives into different styles of leadership, the nature of discipline and combat training. Mackesy reveals the high risks involved in the English assault, weighted against the masterful planning and discipline which brought the English victory against the odds. He also highlights the role of Sir Ralph Abercromby, an elderly Scot and leader of the army, and his vitality to the final success of the venture. The British Victory in Egyptcharts a critical episode in European and military history. It also provides a fascinating portrayal of the training, tactics, and strategy of a uniquecampaign and its executors.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. x
Forging an Armyp. 1
'sir Ralph is Not a Courtier'p. 3
A Look at John Turkp. 13
The Forging of the Bladep. 27
Rehearsing Invasionp. 38
The Eve of Battlep. 50
Beach-Headp. 65
Assault Landingp. 67
'We Shall All Fare Alike'p. 78
'A Cool Intrepidity': the Mandara Battlep. 86
'We Must Make the Attempt'p. 98
Surprised in Darknessp. 108
The Battle in the Dawnp. 119
The Price of Victoryp. 131
Breakoutp. 143
'Ungracious Manners and a Violent Temper'p. 145
'Much More at Ease in His Command'p. 151
The Thrust on the Nilep. 162
The Verge of Mutinyp. 172
Onward to Cairop. 183
Honour Redeemedp. 193
Forty Centuries Look Downp. 195
The Final Manoeuvrep. 205
The Fall of Alexandriap. 216
The Achievementp. 225
'Abercromby's Soldiers'p. 234
Notesp. 244
Guide to Citationsp. 268
Indexp. 274
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