The Fall of the West (Volume 1), by Stuart Peachey and Alan Turton, subtitled 'The Campaigns 1'
Booklet published by Stuart Press, 68 pages. A5 size booklet (N6710)
This booklet is volume 1 of an eight part series, titled 'The Fall of the West', and provides a detailed account of parliamentarian forces in the west of England during the early part of the English Civil War - covering the period from August 1642 to October 1643 when Parliament was reduced to its nadir in the west. It was felt necessary to give a potted history of the military campaign in these counties over the 14 months covered, and this is contained in volumes 1 and 2 of the series. Volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6 covers the details of each unit county by county and volumes 7 and 8 deals with the types of troops, their armament and clothing in the final 2 volumes.
From the introduction: This book was originally intended to be a history of the Parliamentarian foot in the West of England during the first English Civil War 1642-1646. Following after the production of Old Robins Foot dealing with the Earl of Essex's infantry of the main Parliamentarian army, we thought a regional analysis should be simple. A rash and ignorant thought. The first problem was the morefragmentary nature of the evidence which meant that we had to look at the horse and dragoon units in detail in order to sort out who was leading what. The second problem was that the region's forces were far greater than we had expected, far greater for most of the war than the Earl of Essex's poor national contingent.
As a result this first section of the book deals with the Parliamentarian foot, horse and dragoons of the 6 west country counties of CornwaII, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire as well as the independent cities and towns of Bristol, Exeter and Poole. It also covers those forces that came from outside the area but served there for a significant period but it does not cover the armies that marched to Edgehill or the relief of the siege of Gloucester in September 1643. Contents of this volume include:
Somerset and Dorset - August 1642 to September 1642
Gloucestershire - August 1642 to June 1643
Devon and Cornwall - November 1642 to May 1643
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.