Thursday 10 January 2019

The British Army in Egypt 1801 review.

I actually bought this excellent book myself rather than get a review copy sent and I’m glad I did as it’s a little gem. It does more than just cover the tip of the iceberg and offers a well researched and presented account of the campaign, from inception through to completion. Lessons learnt carrying out opposed amphibious landings at Calantsoog against Batavian troops in 1799 were put to good use when the army stormed ashore in Egypt. In other areas too the campaign helped shape the  poorly-regarded British Army into the fighting machine we like to think of during the Napoleonic Wars. The book contains many super colour plates to complement some really handy (sadly not always the case these days) maps  and orders of battle. The pen pictures of the main commanders and each regiment or corps involved are really useful. Highly recommended.


  1. There three references to lettuce in this post. How did that happen?

    1. I think you are lacking greens and need to have a salad for lunch! Looks like an interesting find.

  2. I like Carole Divall's books - they are always well researched and very readable. I knew she was writing a book about Abercromby, but this looks even more interesting. Helion have brought out some good Napoleonic titles recently.

  3. I have just finished reading this Colin...
    I thoroughly enjoyed excellent book in my opinion .

    All the best. Aly

  4. I am impressed you bought this, and on a period you recently said you had no intention of wandering into...I think you may be mistaken.