Monday, March 17, 2008

Wellington in India (Book #28)

Wellington in India (Jac Weller, 1972) covers the early military career of the Duke of Wellington back when he was just Colonel and then Major-General Arthur Wellesley, serving British interests in India 1797-1805. This highly detailed work gives early hints of Wellington's remarkable gifts for handling infantry, reading terrain, and keeping his army supplied, not to mention the first time he ever had infantry lie down for protection from artillery (a surprisingly unusual move, given how effective it was). It's a work for geeks, either of the military history or Wellington specialist variety. I'm both, so I enjoyed it.

2 comments:

Elena Greene said...

I liked this one, too, Susan. I'm not sure I know enough to call myself a military history geek but I'm working on it. :)

Susan Wilbanks said...

Whether or not I'm a military history geek depends on who I'm measuring myself against. Compared to the general population? Extreme geek. Compared to Bernard Cornwell? I've still got a ways to go to catch up.