A well-researched book that can justly claim to be a handbook. After a general historical background in chapter one the book divides naturally in handbook form, addressing each of the key areas of recruitment, training, structure, combat branches, support arms, awards and decorations, equipment, tactics and major personalities. There are two good appendices, glossary, bibliography and index. This book is an excellent introduction to the subject for serious students and enthusiasts of military topics. The illustrations are good and black and white throughout.