The history of the Wild Geese including the Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and Napoleons Irish Legion.Covering the period from King James IIs reign of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1685, until the disbandment of the Irish Brigades in France and Spain, this book looks at the origins, formation, recruitment, and the exploits of the Irish regiments, including their long years of campaigning from the War of the Grand Alliance in 1688 right through to the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 What emerges is a picture of the old fashioned virtues of honor, chivalry, integrity and loyalty, of adventure and sacrifice in the name of a greater cause....
|Title||:||Irish Brigades Abroad: From the Wild Geese to the Napoleonic Wars|
|Publisher||:||The History Press May 1, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||691 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Irish Brigades Abroad: From the Wild Geese to the Napoleonic Wars Reviews
McGarry's attempt at chronicling the campaigns of the Wild Geese is a very refreshing modern take on the subject matter, however, it did not cover everything, and what it did cover was not detailed enough for my tastes. Indeed, much of the brigade's combat history is passed over with but a brief mention, the author focusing on the more famous of the brigade's campaigns - Fontenoy and the '45 prominent amongst them, however Cremona receives nowhere near as much attention as it deserves. Thus it can't compare with the overwhelming amount of information of Callaghan's work, which has problems of its own, as it often gets bogged down with unnecessary details, but McGarry's work does provide a more modern take on this most neglected area of Franco-Irish military history. My last gripe was that it was just too short to be considered the definitive account - as this is more of an overview of the brigade's major campaigns, and hence I felt that more, much more, could have been added, and covered in greater depth. A descent account, laid low by lack of more in depth detail, and the complete absence of descent maps.
Very well researched and detailed book, as expected!
So glad to have this book. It arrived promptly in excellent condition. Many thanks.
The book opens with a great statement; "From the time of King James II's reign over the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, swashbuckling young Irishmen achieved great success and fought with distinction in most of the major battles in Europe and beyond."