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MACDOUGALL, Patrick Leonard, Lieut.-Colonel.

The Campaigns of Hannibal:

Arranged and Critically Considered expressly for the Use of Students of Military History.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1858 Stock Code: 95270
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First edition. Uncommon and interesting account, just seven locations on Library Hub. Carefully compiled account of the "operations in which Hannibal was personally engaged", drawn from the "best ancient and modern historians and essayists, including Livy, Polybius, Sir Walter Raleigh, Niebuhr, Arnold, Guiscard, and Vaudancourt" (Preface). The author spent ten years with the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment before service in the Crimea on the expedition to Ketch and Raglan's assaults on the Redan at Sebastopol. He took up the appointment of Director of Studies at Sandhurst; "In 1856 MacDougall's book The Theory of War: Illustrated by Numerous Examples from Military History was published. This advanced no original theories, but was largely a digest from the classic European military writers, and also advocated more scientific education of officers. An immediate success, it became a standard textbook, was translated into French and German, and gave MacDougall a leading place among British military writers. His 1857 pamphlet, The Senior Department of the Royal Military College, asserted the lack of proper instruction for staff officers, and probably led to his appointment to the new Staff College at Camberley. He was its first commandant, from February 1858 to September 1861" (ODNB). Macdougall was an industrious writer and lecturer at Staff College, and published a steady stream of well-received studies, including the present work, a life of his father-in-law, Sir William Napier, and Modern Warfare as Influenced by Modern Artillery, which was the first work by a British officer to incorporate lessons from the civil war. He spent time as adjutant-general of the Canadian Militia, and as deputy inspector-general of the auxiliary forces at the War Office, and being centrally involved in the Cardwell reforms in 1873 when "Cardwell established the new intelligence branch at the War Office, based on the existing topographical and statistical department but with more than double the staff. MacDougall, by then 'one of the most respected and influential major generals', was its first head An excellent choice, he made an important contribution to British military intelligence, attempting to ensure quality through the appointment only of Staff College graduates to permanent posts, and expanding the branch's role to include involvement in defence planning. It rose from relative obscurity to increased prestige and real importance in the War Office, and by the time he left it was firmly established". He died in 1894. Ownership inscription of Adair Colpoys Heaslop, dated 1897. Heaslop graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford, was commissioned from the Volunteer Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery in 1900; lieutenant RGA, 1901, captain 1911. He served in Sierra Leone 1901-2, and Commandant and Adjutant, Bermuda Militia Artillery, 1910-14. In September 1914 he was sent to France with 4th Siege Battery, RGA; Major, RGA December 1915, and served as Officer Commanding, 12th Siege Battery in XIV Corps Heavy Artillery until December 1916. Took part in the actions at the Aisne, Lys, First Ypres, Ploegstreet, Hooge, The Bluff, St. Eloi, and in Mesopotamia, Tekrit and Kifri. Twice mentioned in despatches, MC.

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Octavo. Original red slub-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine.

Illustrations

Maps to the text.

Condition

The cloth is somewhat rubbed and a little soiled, hinges repaired, text lightly browned, a quantity of informed pencil, red, blue and graphite, marginalia, overall professionally restored and now a sound copy, at least very good.

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