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The Thinking Man's Soldier


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Dr Christopher Brice was born and raised in Leicestershire, where he has lived all his life except for two years in Suffolk. He read History and Politics at undergraduate level before embarking on his PhD thesis, initially as part of a joint research agreement between the War Studies Department of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and De Montfort University. The thesis was entitled 'The Military Career of General Sir Henry Brackenbury 1856-1904'. Dr Brice has given guest lectures at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the National Army Museum, Chelsea, on Henry Brackenbury and elements of his career. An early stage career historian this is his first book, and he is already planning a second, to be a history of the late-Victorian British Army, and hopes at some stage to write a history of staff work in the British Army from the campaigns of Marlborough to the present day.


In this meticulously researched biography of the largely forgotten Henry Brackenbury, Christopher Brice casts new light on the late Victorian army. He illustrates the complexities of civil-military relation of the era and shows how Brackenbury was the first of a new breed of ambitious, intellectual army officers who would ultimately play a key role in reshaping the military in the late nineteenth century. This is an important addition to the historiography of the Victorian army. * Dr Spencer Jones, author of From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914. *
In some ways Brackenbury was, even more than his mentor, `the model of a modern major-general'. Scientific and immensely hard-working, he recognised, as did the best officers of the Prussian general staff whom he had encountered in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1, that waging modern war was about administration and good management as much as courage and inspiration. Such work tends to remain unsung; in Brackenbury's case it has - until now. Christopher Brice has made good the deficit with the exhaustive biography which Brackenbury deserves and whose research he would surely have appreciated. * Professor Hew Strachan *

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