Whenever his men were successful in achieving their military objectives

Whenever his men were successful in achieving their military objectives

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Whenever his men were successful in achieving their military objectives, Cromwell  attributed their success to God's assistance of their cause. Cromwell felt that his military  mission was also a religious quest to defend God's church in England from Catholic  corruption. Cromwell's great zeal had a contagious effect on his men. As a military  leader, Cromwell imposed an exceptionally disciplined regimen on his men. Cromwell's  regiment was perhaps the best trained in all of England, and Cromwell's men feared him  greatly. Despite the harsh discipline, which included public whippings for desertion  attempts, most of Cromwell's soldiers admired and respected him. Cromwell was also  very hostile toward professional soldiers–officers from the English noble classes who  often received their commissions because they belonged to the right families rather than  because of their merit as soldiers. Cromwell irritated many of his superiors with his 
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