Cromwell's War Machine: The New Model Army 1645-1660

Cromwell's War Machine: The New Model Army 1645-1660

by Keith Roberts


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The New Model Army was one of the best-known and most effective armies ever raised in England. Oliver Cromwell was both its greatest battlefield commander and the political leader whose position depended on its support. In this meticulously researched and accessible new study, Keith Roberts describes how Cromwell's army was recruited, inspired, organized, trained and equipped. He also sets its strategic and tactical operation in the context of the theory and practice of warfare in seventeenth-century Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844158980
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 07/09/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Keith Roberts is one of the leading historians of the English Civil Wars, and he is an expert on the military organization and tactics of the time. His previous publications include Soldiers of the English War: Infantry, Edgehill 1642 (with John Tincey), Matchlock Musketeer 1588-1688, and First Newbury 1643.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 Background to Civil War, 1637-1642 1

Chapter 2 The European Background: War, Politics and the Military Revolution 26

Chapter 3 Recruitment, Uniform, Arms and Equipment 48

Chapter 4 Training Methods and Training Manuals 79

Chapter 5 Pay, Rations and Free Quarter 95

Chapter 6 Regiments, Roles and Responsibilities 108

Chapter 7 Strategy, Tactics and Siege Warfare 137

Chapter 8 Professionalism: Honour, Self-Respect and Symbolism 172

Chapter 9 Military Life in Camp and Garrison 183

Chapter 10 From Victory to Mutiny 200

Chapter 11 Mutiny 214

Chapter 12 The Campaigns of the New Model Army, 1648-1653 226

Chapter 13 The Rise and Fall of a New World Power 254

Notes 262

Index 273

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