It is said that Marlborough could never have achieved his great military success without the support and ingenuity of his Chief of Staff, Quartermaster General and Chief of Intelligence, General William Cadogan, who became the 1st Earl Cadogan, and who, in 1722, succeeded Marlborough as Commander-in-Chief of the British Army. This is the story of this most able young general, who possessed the charm, wisdom, powers of persuasion and ruthless determination.
Johnnie Watson was educated at Eton College and commissioned into The Blues and Royals before being seconded to the Guards Parachute Company with whom he served in Cyprus and Suez. On being invalided out of the Army, he joined Country Life and was their senior features writer for over 20 years. He has written some 25 books. These include the best selling Sefton: The Story of a Cavalry Horse (Sefton was blown up by the IRA), biographies of Duke of Monmouth, Royal Millais, and Lionel Edwardes, numerous regimental histories and sporting works. He lives at Shipley in Sussex.