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[FAWCETT (Sir William)]. Instructions and Regulations for the Formations and Movements of the Cavalry.1797

London: Printed for the War-Office, by T. Egerton, at the Military Library, 8vo (235 x 145 mm), [4], ix-xv, [1], 342pp., 16 folding engraved plates, orig. boards, upper cover detached, uncut. "In 1781, already one of the most knowledgeable and professional soldiers and tacticians of the age, Fawcett was appointed adjutant-general on the British establishment, and, on being promoted lieutenant-general on 20 November 1782, entered upon the most important phase of his career... He was responsible for stabilizing in 1786–7 the army's badly disrupted (by the late war) system of training and drill, then, during the years 1788–92 and beyond, acted as one of the principal figures (in conjunction with the duke of York, generals David Dundas, Sir William Pitt, and the earl of Pembroke, Major Le Marchant, and several other leading officers) in the preparation, testing, and issue of the regulations laid down for the heavy infantry. He achieved the same for the cavalry during 1787 and between 1794 and 1796."—(Oxford DNB). Uncommon, ESTC locating just the National library of Scotland copy in the UK and four copies in North America.

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