Edward Bruce Hamley

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Sir Edward Bruce Hamley (born April 27, 1824 in Bodmin , Cornwall , † August 12, 1893 ) was a British lieutenant general , military historian and author. He fought in various British colonial wars.


The youngest son of Vice Admiral William Hamley joined the Royal Artillery in 1843 . In 1851 he was assigned to Gibraltar , where he began to write articles for various magazines.

In the Crimean War he took part as adjutant to the chief of artillery Sir Richard Dacres and was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel. He covered the war for Blackwood's Magazine, which earned him such a reputation that in 1859 he became Professor of Military History at Staff College Camberley . From 1866 he was in the commission for military education. From 1870 to 1877 he was the commandant of the Staff College. From 1879 to 1881 he served as a British commissioner on the borders of the Ottoman Empire . On December 22, 1879 he was knighted as Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).

In 1882 Hamley took part in the campaign in Egypt under General Wolseley to suppress the Urabi movement . Hamley was commissioned by Wolseley to work out a plan of attack on Abukir . After Urabi Pasha was led to believe that the British would land at Abukir, Wolseley dropped Hamley's division there and sailed with the rest of the army to Ismailia . Hamley, who was not informed, never forgave Wolseley for this. On September 13, he led the 2nd Division in the decisive battle of Tel-el-Kebir . For this he was raised to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) on November 18, 1882 .

From 1885 until his death he represented Birkenhead in the British Parliament .

His book on military strategy The operations of war (1866) was praised by Helmuth von Moltke and William T. Sherman and served for a long time as the only introductory reading for the qualification at Staff College.

Hamley was also the author of various literary reviews, poems, and a two-volume novella.


  • The operations of war . Blackwood, Edinburgh 1866, Archives
  • The war of the Crimea . Seeley, London 1891, Archives


  • Alexander Innes Shand: The Life of General Sir Edward Bruce Hamley . 2 volumes. W. Blackwood & Sons, London et al. 1895.

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Thomas Edgar Lacy Commandant of Staff College Sandhurst
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