Military genius or mere manager of war?
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Wellington must be among the most over-rated military commanders in history. His victories can be attributed to defensive caution and the discipline and musketry of the British Redcoat line - an inherited tradition that went back to Cromwell, Marlborough, and Wolfe. His refusal to trust his senior officers, confide in them, and build a true 'band of brothers', his aristocratic contempt for rank-and-file soldiers, and his reactionary defence of privilege and rank at the expense of 'a career open to the talents', all this and more must deny him a position among history's great commanders. He was a competent manager of a professional process - nothing more. Looking forward to the debate at the Newark Military History Conference.
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