An Army officer must lead men into frightening and dangerous situations and sometimes make them do things that they never thought they could do. This book recounts how British officers have led their men, and commanded their respect, from the days of Marlborough to the Second Iraq war of 2003. Anthony Clayton explores who the officers, men and now women, have been and are, where they came from, what ideals or traditions have motivated them, and their own perceptions of themselves. His account tells the fascinating story of how the role of the military officer evolved, illustrated by a selection of captivating images, and the personal memoirs, biographies and autobiographies of officers.


chapter 2|15 pages

The Officer in the Restoration Army

chapter 4|21 pages

The Officers of the Georgian Army to 1793

chapter 5|23 pages

The Officer in the Era of Wellington

chapter 6|21 pages

The Officer from Waterloo to the Crimea

chapter 7|8 pages

The Crimea and the Indian Mutiny

chapter 8|25 pages

The Victorian Army Officer

chapter 9|15 pages

The Edwardian Army Officer

chapter 10|20 pages

The Regular Officer, 1914–18

chapter 12|23 pages

The Officer, 1940–45

chapter 13|18 pages

The Officer in the First Post-War Years

chapter 14|30 pages

From Aden to Belfast and Basra

chapter 15|13 pages

British Officers of Imperial Regiments

chapter 16|14 pages

The Officers of the Support Services

chapter 17|8 pages