Saturday, 24 March 2012

Great and Glorious Days

Having read and enjoyed both the books by James Faulkner in the Battleground Marlborough series (Blenheim 1704 and Ramillies 1706), I decided to move Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-09 by the same author up my reading list.

This book is written in the same very readable style as the other two books and covers the Marlborough's major campaigns of the War of the Spanish Succession. As you would expect it includes the storming of the Schellenberg and the battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.

Having read the other two books the earlier sections cover the same ground and whilst not identical are unsurprisingly very similar.   The other campaigns and battles are covered to a equivalent level and suffer (from a wargamer's perspective) from not having a little more detail on the units and orders of battle.

This is certainly a good introduction to Marlborough and is very accessible.  I enjoyed it but am now looking for something with that greater level of detail.

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