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Fighters in the front line, if they survived, often suffered awful mutilations. Even generals lost their lives, like the two opposing commanders in the battle for Quebec, Montcalm and Wolfe. Commanders who lost might be executed by their own side, like the British admiral Byng, or the French Lally-Tollendal. Lally was not strictly French at all, but an Irish Jacobite.
McLynn began his writing career with a book on Jacobitism, and perhaps the most original part of is his demonstration of how important the Jacobites were in French strategic planning. Bonnie Prince Charlie and his followers were not finished by Culloden - or need not have been if the prince had not degenerated by the s into a touchy, drunken buffoon. Even then, leading subordinates such as Lally were considered useful and reliable agents against the House of Hanover.
They were certainly brave. They were also almost uniformly catastrophic.
1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World 
In making his case for , McLynn deprecates the claims of as a comparable turning-point in British history. But surely it set the scene for later triumphs in a way that he perhaps overlooks? The Glorious Revolution drove the Stuarts into the arms of the French. In doing so, it removed a spectacular strain of incompetence from the British scene. If the Stuarts had remained in charge on this side of the Channel, and not become a distracting burden to the Bourbons, perhaps it might have been the British who were routed in - and McLynn would have been writing his story in French.
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