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Were the county‐ and city‐based militia regiments, which, except for London and a few counties, played little significant part in the civil wars. The London regiments played a critical role at Turnham Green, the siege of Gloucester, and the first battle of Newbury. Increasingly unwilling to leave London, they saw their role taken over by permanent standing armies in 1643 and 1644.

Subjects: World History — British History.

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