The Years of Defeat: Europe and North Africa 1939-1941 :: Martin Farndale

The Years of Defeat: Europe and North Africa 1939-1941 :: Martin Farndale soon to be presented for sale on the marvellous BookLovers of Bath web site!

London: Brassey’s, 1996, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Number 5 in the series. Includes: Order of battle; Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Chronological tables (1); Maps (some colour); List of abbreviations; References; Glossary;

From the cover: Guns have been used by the English since at least the Battle of Crecy in 1346 and ever since they have played an important and ever increasing role in war. Henry VII formed the first force of artillery in England in 1486 when he established a permanent body of gunners in the royal fortresses. Master Gunners were appointed to look after the guns and the first Master Gunner of Whitehall and St Jamess Park was appointed in 1678. Then in 1716 two companies of Regular artillery formed at Woolwich and the title Royal was added in 1722. The Royal Horse Artillery was founded in 1793.

Because gunners rallied to the guns in battle the guns became the colours of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Since 1756 the Royal Artillery, when on parade with guns, has taken precedence over all regiments of the Army except the cavalry. Since 1793, when on parade with their guns, the Royal Horse Artiller…

In the History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery series.

Very Good in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block a little age-tanned, a decent copy otherwise.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. (xxv) 383 pages. Index. 10″ x 7″.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Military catalogue?

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