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HISTORY OF INFANTRY.

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT.

BY

H. B. STUART,

LIEUT. BENGAL ARMY.

LONDON:

BERNARD QUARITCH, 15 PICCADILLY.

1861.

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G. NORMAN, PRINTER, MAIDEN LANE, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON.

In writing this little book, I have not attempted to aspire to any high standard of professional merit, or to a too technical treatment of the subject; partly from a consciousness of inability to do so, and partly from a knowledge, that pure military works find few readers among the British public.

France, Germany, Italy, and in fact almost every civilised nation of the past or the present time, has produced a military literature, while England, whose flag is ever carrying on a chronic warfare, in some one quarter or other of the globe, has never done so.

The neglect of military literature hitherto, in this country, has doubtless been owing to the fact that we

“nation of shopkeepers,” but since—following the example of our continental neighbours—we have been arming ourselves in our own constitutional fashion, it might reasonably be expected that the thirst for military knowledge would be on the in

were a

crease.

In this expectation, myself, and naturally the publisher of this little book, both participate ; and without being too sanguine, we venture to attempt, what is truly and without any pretension, a labour of love.

London, November, 1861.

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