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Battles That Changed History

Key Battles That Decided The Fate Of Nations

By Martin J. Dougherty

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Other Information: 600 maps, photos and artworks; 600 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 September 2013
Marathon, Cannae, Hattin, Blenheim, Waterloo and The Somme - the names of some battles do not fade with the passing of time. Battles that Changed History offers 47 key battles that altered the course of history. The book features many famous and decisive battles, such as Alesia (52 BC), where Gaius Julius Caesar's Roman forces successfully besieged and defeated Vercingetorix's larger Gaul army to seal the conquest of Gaul; Agincourt (1415), where the numerically superior and heavily armoured French knights were defeated by English King Henry V's smaller force of longbowmen; the epic three-day battle of Gettysburg (1863), where General Lee's Confederate invasion force suffered irreplaceable losses at the hands of General Meade's Union forces; and the battle of Stalingrad (1942), where the Red Army repelled then encircled and annihilated the German Sixth Army, marking the turning point on the Eastern Front. Each battle is explored in detail over more than eight pages. Included are concise accounts of each battle, with a broader introductory context and an analysis of the aftermath. A specially commissioned colour map illustrating the movement of forces brings the subject to life and helps the reader easily grasp the turning points of the battle. With colour artworks, photographs and line drawings and boxes containing key items of information, each volume provides an attractive, informative and easily accessible guide to the battles that helped shape the world we live in.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 9 MEGIDDO, 1457 BC 10 KADESH, 1285 BC 20 MARATHON, 490 BC 30 SALAMIS, 480 BC 42 SIEGE OF TYRE, 332 BC 52 GAUGAMELA, 331 BC 62 CANNAE, 216 BC 70 ALESIA, 52 BC 82 TEUTOBERGER WALD, AD 9 94 ADRIANOPLE, AD 378 104 HASTINGS, 1066 112 JERUSALEM, 1099 124 HATTIN, 1187 134 ARSUF, 1191 144 LAKE PEIPUS, 1242 154 TANNENBERG, 1410 164 AGINCOURT, 1415 172 CONSTANTINOPLE, 1453 184 NAGASHINO, 1575 194 ARMADA, 1588 204 LUTZEN, 1632 212 BLENHEIM, 1704 220 SIEGE OF QUEBEC, 1759 228 SIEGE OF YORKTOWN, 1781 236 TRAFALGAR, 1805 244 AUSTERLITZ, 1805 252 BORODINO, 1812 260 WATERLOO, 1815 268 CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, 1854 276 SECOND MANASSAS, 1862 284 ANTIETAM, 1862 294 GETTYSBURG, 1863 304 SEDAN, 1870 316 TSUSHIMA, 1905 326 VERDUN, 1916 334 THE SOMME, 1916 342 CAMBRAI, 1917 350 BATTLE OF BRITAIN, 1940 358 PEARL HARBOR, 1941 366 STALINGRAD, 1942-43 376 NORMANDY LANDINGS, 1944 384 BERLIN, 1945 392 DIEN BIEN PHU, 1954 400 TET OFFENSIVE, 1968 408 SINAI, 1973 416 THE GULF WAR, 1991 426 IRAQI FREEDOM, 2003 436 INDEX 444

About the Author

Martin J. Dougherty is a freelance writer specialising in military and defence topics. His published work deals with subjects ranging from naval weapons to personal security and self-defence. He is author of Small Arms: From the Civil War to the Present Day, Warriors of the World: The Ancient Warrior, and Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Medieval Warrior. Dougherty has also written books on personal self defence, including Unarmed Combat (2010) and Extreme Unarmed Combat (2012).

EAN: 9781906626808
ISBN: 1906626804
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd
Dimensions: 29.7 x 22.7 centimetres (1.84 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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