About the Authors
In 1983 the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research published Arnold’s paradigm-shifting tactical study, “A Reappraisal of Column Versus Line in the Napoleonic Wars.” Because new generations need to be reminded of the errors and biases of the great British historians, Sir Charles Oman and Sir John Fortescue, in 2004 the Journal of Military History published an updated version of this seminal essay. Arnold’s essay on “The French Army in the Peninsula,” published in A History of the Peninsular War: Volume IX, Modern Studies of the War in Spain and Portugal, 1808-1814 (1999) expanded on the theme of French tactical practices.
Two of Arnold’s published essays address French leadership. His chapter on Marshal Victor appeared in David Chandler’s Napoleon’s Marshals (1987). Napoleon’s extraordinary leadership qualities were the topic of “Napoleon and His Men,” which appeared in Napoleon: The Final Verdict (1996).
In addition to his Napoleonic titles, Arnold’s latest works include Jungle of Snakes, a case study history of modern counterinsurgency, Grant Wins the War, a campaign study of Vicksburg, and Jeff Davis’s Own, the story of the future Civil War generals who served in the Second Cavalry in Texas during the Indian Wars. He recently completed a history of The Moro War — How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913, published by Bloomsbury Press in 2010.