History of War

IN THE RANKS

Source:   II in the scarlet uniform of a general head of the British armies, James expanded his forces, and the armies went on to glory under William III and Marlborough  

The late 17th century was an era where the professionalisation of national armed forces became recognisably modern. European armies and navies were now highly structured and equipped, but fighting on the battlefield was still a tough experience. Any unit that was not disciplined enough to resist these competent and experienced forces would likely suffer

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