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Deeds that Won the Empire Historic Battle Scenes   By: (1845-1928)

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In "Deeds that Won the Empire: Historic Battle Scenes," William Henry Fitchett takes readers on a captivating journey through some of history's most pivotal and decisive battles. With a keen eye for detail and an incredible ability to bring the battlefield to life, Fitchett paints a vivid picture of the heroism, sacrifice, and strategic brilliance displayed by those who fought for the glory of their empires.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Fitchett's storytelling abilities. He effortlessly weaves together historical accounts and personal anecdotes, creating a narrative that is both educational and immensely engaging. As he delves into each battle, Fitchett meticulously analyzes the actions and decisions of key individuals, providing valuable insights into their motivations and the consequences that ensued.

Furthermore, Fitchett's passion for the subject matter shines through in his writing. His reverence for the bravery and fortitude of soldiers from various eras is palpable, making it difficult for readers not to be captivated by his enthusiasm. He also strikes a delicate balance between depicting the horrors of war and celebrating the triumphs, ensuring that the book never loses its emotional resonance.

Although Fitchett focuses mainly on battles fought by the British Empire, he does not shy away from acknowledging the military prowess of opposing forces. By acknowledging the skill and courage displayed by enemy combatants, he elevates the narrative beyond mere glorification and presents a more comprehensive view of the conflicts explored.

However, it's worth noting that "Deeds that Won the Empire" can at times feel slightly biased towards the British perspective. While this is understandable given Fitchett's intended audience, readers seeking a more neutral account may find themselves wanting more balanced analysis of the battles and the underlying motivations of all parties involved.

The language and writing style in this book are rich and evocative, immersing readers in the heat of battle. This, coupled with Fitchett's extensive research, enhances the historical accuracy and overall credibility of the narrative. Each battle is portrayed with the intensity and urgency it deserves, ensuring that readers are gripped from start to finish.

In conclusion, "Deeds that Won the Empire: Historic Battle Scenes" is a captivating exploration of significant battles from history. Fitchett's skillful storytelling, passionate prose, and meticulous attention to detail make this book a worthwhile read for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a deeper understanding of the triumphs and sacrifices that shaped empires.

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FIRST EDITION (Smith, Elder & Co.) . . . November 1897 Twenty ninth Impression . . . . . . . . October 1914 Reprinted (John Murray) . . . . . . . . September 1917 Reprinted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 1921


The tales here told are written, not to glorify war, but to nourish patriotism. They represent an effort to renew in popular memory the great traditions of the Imperial race to which we belong.

The history of the Empire of which we are subjects the story of the struggles and sufferings by which it has been built up is the best legacy which the past has bequeathed to us. But it is a treasure strangely neglected. The State makes primary education its anxious care, yet it does not make its own history a vital part of that education. There is real danger that for the average youth the great names of British story may become meaningless sounds, that his imagination will take no colour from the rich and deep tints of history. And what a pallid, cold blooded citizenship this must produce!

War belongs, no doubt, to an imperfect stage of society; it has a side of pure brutality. But it is not all brutal. Wordsworth's daring line about "God's most perfect instrument" has a great truth behind it... Continue reading book >>

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