Looks at more than forty-five significant battles through history, including Marathon, Alesia, Hastings, Gettysburg, and Stalingrad.
Key Battles That Decided the Fate of Nations
Author: Rupert Butler
DIVHistorian profiles 16 crucial conflicts, ancient to modern, that changed the course of Western civilization. Gripping accounts of battles led by Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Ulysses S. Grant, other commanders. 27 maps. /div
Author: Fletcher Pratt
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Victory at Stalingrad tells the gripping strategic and military story of that battle. The hard-won Soviet victory prevented Hitler from waging the Second World War for another ten years and set the Germans on the road to defeat. The Soviet victory also prevented the Nazis from completing the Final Solution, the wholesale destruction of European Jewry, which began with Hitler’s "War of Annihilation" against the Soviets on the Eastern Front. Geoffrey Roberts places the conflict in the context of the clash between two mighty powers:their world views and their leaders. He presents a great human drama, highlighting the contribution made by political and military leaders on both sides. He shows that the real story of the battle was the Soviets’ failure to achieve their greatest ambition: to deliver an immediate, war-winning knockout blow to the Germans. This provocative reassessment presents new evidence and challenges the myths and legends that surround both the battle and the key personalities who led and planned it.
The Battle That Changed History
Author: Geoffrey Roberts
Ranging from Marathon to Waterloo, this 1851 classic of military history chronicles the battles that changed the course of history, with gripping, authoritative analyses of key events.
From Marathon to Waterloo
Author: Edward Shepherd Creasy
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Two leading military historians present a case for what they have identified as the 20 most crucial battles of all time, explaining how each conflict represents a historical epoch that triggered profound transformations and significantly shaped the development of the modern world.
The Twenty Clashes that Changed the World
Author: Dr. James Lacey,Williamson Murray
Rather than celebrating warfare, 50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Ranked in order of their relevance to the modern world, these struggles range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all—Bunker Hill, which prevented the American Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which kept the world's first democracy alive. Others may be less familiar—the naval battle at Diu (on the Indian Coast), which led to the ascendancy of Western Civilization and the discovery of America, and Yarmuk, which made possible the spread of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines. With remarkable accounts of both famous and lesser-known clashes, 50 Battles provides impressive insight into the battles that shaped civilization as we know it.
Author: William Weir
Publisher: Permuted Press
A must-have for history lovers and armchair tacticians everywhere, 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History looks at mankind's last 5000 years of combat, and how they shaped the world today. From small-scale battles of the ancient world to devastating modern conflicts, 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History provides a definitive record of the combats of the last 5000 years which shaped the political and cultural landscape of the world. From the battles of the ancient world involving only a few thousand infantry, to the devastation of the World Wars, and to the efficient, tactical, military actions of today, this book includes the seminal details about key battles, how the battle fit in a war campaign, and the wider political and social impact it had on the region as a whole. 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History is illustrated throughout with ancient carvings, detail-filled tapestries, dramatic paintings, and evocative photography. Award-winning historian R. G. Grant has assembled an expert team of contributors to provide incisive and insightful descriptions of every battle featured. From the Battle of Troy and the Siege of Antioch, to the Battle of Gettysburg and Iwo Jima, this book traces the changing face of warfare around the globe and throughout history. This arresting volume is a worthy addition to any history buff’s shelf.
Author: R. G. Grant
Publisher: Chartwell Books
Battles that Changed History is a stimulating and lively account of 50 decisive battles that, either as a result of victory or defeat, have had a long-term impact on the course of world history. Meticulously researched and written in a concise and engaging manner, military expert Geoffrey Regan looks back over 2,500 years of warfare between bitter rivals, from the Greeks and the Persians, to Saddam Hussein and the might of the US military, via the Siege of Constantinople, the Spanish Armada, the Battle of Poltava, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of Stalingrad and many more. With the aid of numerous maps and illustrations, historian Geoffrey Regan not only examines the background and consequences of each battle, but also vividly re-creates the intense fighting, analyses the tactics and profiles key commanders and weaponry used.
Fifty Decisive Battles Spanning Over 2,500 Years of Warfare
Author: Geoffrey Regan
Presents over two hundred battles that changed the course of history, including the date, place, participants, and the historical significance of each conflict.
An Encyclopedia of World Conflict
Author: Spencer Tucker
A fascinating and informative analysis by a distinguished military historian of the 100 most influential battles in American history, presented in an accessible, ready-reference format. • Introductory overview essay helps create a conceptual framework for readers • A list of "further reading" selections with each entry and a full bibliography identify avenues to further study • Fact boxes throughout the text provide quick, essential information for each battle
Author: Spencer C. Tucker
Surveys the one hundred most decisive battles in world history from the Battle of Megiddo in 1469 B.C. to Desert Storm, 1991.
From Ancient Times to the Present
Author: Paul K. Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
A dramatic account of the 480 B.C. battle between the Persian forces of King Xerxes and the Spartans under King Leonidas links the battle's events and outcome to today's world, explaining how the invasion of Europe redefined international culture and class organization. Reprint.
The Battle That Changed the World
Author: Paul Cartledge
A 200th anniversary account of the battle that prevented Napoleon's invasion of Britain presents detailed information on its events and historical impact, describing the command and death of Horatio Nelson, the contributions of women and child crew members, and the events that led to Waterloo. By the author of The Keys of Egypt. 35,000 first printing.
The Battle that Changed the World
Author: Roy A. Adkins
Publisher: Viking Press
"Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke images of great triumph and equally great suffering, moments when history seemed to hang in the balance. Considered in relation to each other, such battles--and others of less immediate renown--offer insight into the changing nature of armed combat, advances in technology, shifts in strategy and thought, as well as altered geopolitical landscapes. The most significant military engagements in history define the very nature of war ... Rather than focusing on the question of victory or defeat, Overy examines what an engagement can tell us on a larger level about the history of warfare itself. New weapons and tactics can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle--but so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. Overy offers a deft and visually captivating look at the engagements that have shaped the course of human history"--Amazon.com.
Author: R. J. Overy
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published to coincide with Marathon's 2500th anniversary, a riveting history of the historic battle The Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. is not only understood as the most decisive event in the struggle between the Greeks and the Persians, but can also be seen as perhaps the most significant moment in our collective history. 10,000 Athenian citizens faced a Persian military force of more than 25,000. Greek victory appeared impossible, but the men of Athens were tenacious and the Persians were defeated. Following the battle, the Athenian hoplite army ran 26.5 miles from Marathon to Athens to defend their port from the Persian navy. Although they had just run the great distance in heavy armor, the Athenians won the battle and drove the Persian forces from Attica. Greek freedom ensued and the achievements of the culture became much of the basis for Western civilization. In this comprehensive and engrossing treatment, Richard Billows captures the drama of that day 2500 years ago and the ramifications it has had throughout Western history.
Author: Richard A. Billows
Publisher: The Overlook Press
A groundbreaking new account of the Battle of Britain from acclaimed historian James Holland The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle. If Britain's defenses collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe. With France facing defeat and British forces pressed back to the Channel, there were few who believed Britain could survive; but, thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the defiance of a new Prime Minister, Britain refused to give in. From clashes between coastal convoys and Schnellboote in the Channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, slaughter by U-boats in an icy Atlantic and dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this epic World War II story in a fresh and compelling voice.
Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940
Author: James Holland
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
An Encyclopedia of Classic Warfare from Megiddo to Waterloo
Author: Jack Watkins
New York Times Bestseller: A “powerful and epic story . . . the best account of infantry combat I have ever read” (Col. David Hackworth, author of About Face). In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Harold Moore, were dropped into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was brutally slaughtered. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. They were the first major engagements between the US Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam. How these Americans persevered—sacrificing themselves for their comrades and never giving up—creates a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring. Lt. Gen. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway—the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting—interviewed hundreds of men who fought in the battle, including the North Vietnamese commanders. Their poignant account rises above the ordeal it chronicles to depict men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have once found unimaginable. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man’s most heroic and horrendous endeavor.
Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Author: Harold G. Moore,Joseph L. Galloway
Publisher: Open Road Media