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Old Ironsides: The Military Biography of Oliver Cromwell.

Old Ironsides: The Military Biography of Oliver Cromwell. General Sir Frank Kitson. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. [pounds sterling]14.99. 239 pages. ISBN 0-297-84688-4. The author, formerly C in C of UK Land Forces and Commandant of the School of Infantry and of the Staff College, is not to look at Cromwell as regicide or military dictator, but to 'examine his performance as a military commander in the widest sense'. After a brief background sketch and discussion of warfare in the seventeenth century the author begins his study of Cromwell in earnest. He excels in his discussions of the battles which marked the Civil Wars and in these puts his military background to good use. He reminds readers that Cromwell was only one of Parliament's commanders alongside Essex, Waller, Manchester and Fairfax. Having said that he ranks Cromwell highly as a military commander for, among other things, his mastery of strategy, personal courage and ability to organise. He concludes that Cromwell should be regarded 'as the father of the British army'.
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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