A military course for the government and conduct of a battalion

Description

A motif of cherubs, garlands, urns and rococo acanthus leaves decorates the binding of this King's Library edition of Thomas Simes’ Military Course. The binders stenciled on the design in preparation for the book’s presentation to George III. Despite its rather whimsical decoration, the content of Simes’ book was weighty. It was a book of military strategy, written by one of 18th-century Britain’s most important military writers. A soldier in the Duke of Cumberland’s army, Simes wrote textbooks for young officers as well as reference books on the operations of war and conducting an army.

Full title:
A Military Course for the government and conduct of a Battalion, designed for their regulations in Quarter, Camp, or Garrison; with ... observations and instructions for their manner of attack and defence. F.P.
Published:
1777, London
Format:
Book
Creator:
Thomas Simes
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
63.a.5.

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