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Marching to the Drums: A History of Military Drums and Drummers [Paperback]

John Norris

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May 1 2013

A full history of the crucial role played by drums in the history of warfare, including previously untold stories from the American Civil War and Napoleonic Wars

Military drummers have played a crucial role in warfare throughout history, as soldiers marched to battle to the sound of the drums and used the beat to regulate the loading and reloading of their weapons during the battle, and drummers were used to raise morale during the fight. This is the first work to chart the rise of drums in military use and how they came to be used on the battlefield as a means of signaling. This use was to last for almost 4,000 years when modern warfare with communications rendered them obsolete. Even so, drummers continued to serve in the armies of the world and performed many acts of heroism as the served as stretcher bearers to rescue the wounded from the battlefield. From ancient China, Egypt, and the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan the drum was used on the battlefield. The 12th century Crusaders helped reintroduce the drum to Europe and during the Napoleonic Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries the drum was to be heard resonating across Europe. Drummers had to flog their comrades and beat their drums on drill parade. Today they are ceremonial, but this work tells how they had to face enemies across the battlefield with only their drum.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount (May 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752468790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752468792
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #738,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A welcome and interesting work that adds depth and perspective to not only the history of the drum, but military history as well. . .enjoyable reading for both the general readers as well as for serious historians." —New York Journal of Books

About the Author

John Norris served for six years as a rifleman in the Grenadier Guards and is a military journalist. His other books include Artillery: A History, Mortars of World War II, and Pistols at Dawn.


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