Military Legacy, Nottingham’s Military Legacy

This is an addition to a series of books that each cover the military legacy of British towns and cities. This book looks at the rich military legacy of Nottingham. – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Military Legacy, Nottingham's Military Legacy
FILE: R2876
AUTHOR: Gerry van Tonder
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 128
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Nottingham, Norman, Nottingham Castle Nottingham's Regiments, VCs 
awarded, battle honours, WWI, WWII, Medieval, Legend of Robin Hood

ISBN: 1-52670-758-6

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DESCRIPTION: This is an addition to a series of books that each cover the military 
legacy of British towns and cities. This book looks at the rich military legacy of 
Nottingham. –   Highly Recommended

Nottingham is a location of strategic importance which is why one of the first 
permanent Norman castles was built at Nottingham. We know the history of the 
castle which was besieged by Richard I when his brother John surrendered to him. 
However, the enduring legend is of Robin Hood, a character who may, or may not, 
have existed. Nottingham is perhaps best known for the legend in Britain and 
beyond. Certainly the legend contains a selection of verifiable facts, such as the use 
of Nottingham castle as a base for John and his supporters. There is no dispute that 
Richard besieged and captured the Castle from John, although the legendary links to
 Robin Hood are rather more tenuous. It is known that the turbulent period led to 
many seeking refuge in Sherwood Forest and living as outlaws. Some have suggested 
that the Legend of Robin Hood is an amalgam of characters who did exist, but whose 
names are long lost.

The Legend of Robin Hood has been a useful story for Nottingham in promoting the 
town, but it has also overshadowed the more solid military legacy. There were 
settlements in the area back to the time of the Ancient Britons because it was always 
a strategic location. There has also been a solid military heritage since the Norman 
period. The sons of Nottingham have over generations joined the colours and local 
regiments had a particularly strong association with North America during the 
American War of Independence. Nottingham's military units also participated in the 
Peninsula Campaigns of Wellington and in colonial conflicts in Afghanistan and 
South Africa. Nottingham's soldiers served with distinction in both World Wars and 
continue to serve, now absorbed into the Mercian Regiment.

The author has provided a fascinating description of the military legacy of 
Nottingham.  As with the other books in this excellent series, there are many 
illustrations, including some in full colour and some very rare images.