By Richard Middleton
'Our Bells are worn threadbare with ringing for victory', wrote Horace Walpole after receiving information of Wolfe's victory at Quebec in October 1759. conventional bills of the Seven Years' warfare have emphasised the contribution of the Elder Pitt to the good fortune of england in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, India and the a ways East. The Bells of Victory argues that one of these view is erroneous and that, faraway from workout single-handed regulate, Pitt's effect used to be inevitably circumscribed. The margin among army luck and failure was once super small, and the British experts labored inside of constraints imposed via constitutional propriety and political expediency. potent executive motion used to be the results of teamwork via a lot of persons within the varied fields of international relations, politics, finance, the military, army, ordnance and commissariat.
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For a general history of such bills see J. A. Houlding, Fit for Service: The Training of the British Army, 1715-1795 (Oxford, 1981), 117-118. 26 The Bells of Victory years of hostilities suggested that a dramatic increase in the military forces of the nation was not to be expected. Widespread compulsion was thought incompatible with the nation's constitutional forms, while hostility to the military seemed likely to prevent most men joining voluntarily. It was in these circumstances that the ministers remembered Frederick IPs suggestion of an expedition to the coast of France.
79 Alas, the orders to Cumberland and the departure of the expedition were too late. The position at Stade was indefensible. 80 By their agreement on 10 September 2 80 George II to Cumberland, 15 Sept 1757, RA GP, Box 56. Ministerial Minute, 5 Sept 1757, Add. Mss 32,997 €252. George II to Cumberland, 15 Sept 1757, RA CP, Box 56. For the correspondence on this see Adm 106/265. Pitt to Mordaunt and Hawke, 5 Sept 1757, printed in The Report of the General Officers, 94-95. Mordaunt to Pitt, 6 Sept 1757, printed in The Report of the General Officers, 97.
Mss 35,359 f 399. 34 The Bells of Victory By now plans for the expansion of the army had been decided. Initially the ministers were inclined to one of two possible schemes: either to add one company to every battalion in Britain; or, more ambitiously, to add a battalion to every regiment that still had only one. The first would amount to an increase of only 4,900 men; the second a rise of about 24,000. 60 Consultation with Cumberland at this time was inevitable. The army was largely his creation.