The Rise of the Scientific Soldier as Seen Through the Performance of the Corps of Royal Engineers During the Early 19th Century

Thompson, Mark S. (2009) The Rise of the Scientific Soldier as Seen Through the Performance of the Corps of Royal Engineers During the Early 19th Century. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

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Abstract

The second half of the 18th century saw the formation of the first establishments
to provide formal training to officers prior to receiving their first commission.
The first school, the Royal Military Academy, was formed in 1741 by the Board
of Ordnance to train Artillery and Engineer Officers. It was 1800 before the
army formed a similar establishment and the building blocks were in place for
the creation of the Scientific Soldier.
This thesis will look at the formation of the Royal Military Academy and look at
the training that officers received with a focus on those officers destined to
serve during the Peninsular War. The complementary roles and training of the
Royal Military Artificers and the eventual formation of the School of Military
Engineering will be described.
A thorough review will then be undertaken of the officers in the Royal
Engineers, the numbers, their background, the locations they served in and the
tasks they carried out.
A new review of the sieges during the war will be completed using unpublished
material. The other roles undertaken by the Royal Engineers in the Peninsular
War will be fully investigated and described. These roles are more
comprehensive than has been commonly understood and will demonstrate the
contribution of the educated officer to the war.
The thesis will conclude by looking at the impacts of the post-war peace on
military education.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Culture > History and Politics
Divisions: Collections > Theses
Depositing User: Barry Hall
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 11:25
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 15:25
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/3559

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