Snobbery and generalship

Military genius or mere manager of war?
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Neil Faulkner
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Snobbery and generalship

Post by Neil Faulkner » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:07 pm

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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