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by Richard Russell Lawrence

ePub The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness Battles: Eyewitness Accounts of History's Greatest Battles, from Thermopyle to the Gulf War download
Author:
Richard Russell Lawrence
ISBN13:
978-0786711192
ISBN:
0786711191
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Publisher:
Carroll & Graf; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (December 23, 2002)
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Military
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4.2
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557

Here are reports of the close-quarters galley actions of the ancient encounters at Salamis, Actium, and Lepanto, as well as the almost equally close-quarters climaxes of clashes during the early modern days of sail, including the great Napoleonic fleet engagements through Trafalgar.

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From the Spartan defeat of the Athenians at Delion, recounted in 424 . Drawn from the reports both of commanding officers and of rank-and-file soldiers in the presentation of critical battles in such military conflicts as the Crusades, the Hundred Years War, the American War for Independence and Civil War, and World Wars I and II, the book’s selections provide both an overview of what happened and a vivid picture of what it. was like in the trenches or on the field when it happened.

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From the Battle of Salamis, as told by Thucydides, to carrier operations during the 1991 Gulf War, the changing nature of recorded naval . Here in the words of those who fought them are all of history's greatest naval engagements.

From the Battle of Salamis, as told by Thucydides, to carrier operations during the 1991 Gulf War, the changing nature of recorded naval warfare is explored here in its entirety.

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This book is a rousing collection of eyewitness accounts detailing 150 of the most crucial battles in the past 2,500 years of world history. From the Spartan defeat of the Athenians at Delion, recounted in 424 b.c. by Thucydides, to a fighter pilot’s firsthand account of an air attack by a squadron of Tornados on Iraq in Operation Desert Storm, with dramatic immediacy this stirring Mammoth volume chronicles 25 centuries of military history in the words of the hoplites, knights, musketeers, foot soldiers, cavalrymen, and bombardiers who fought them. Drawn from the reports both of commanding officers and of rank-and-file soldiers in the presentation of critical battles in such military conflicts as the Crusades, the Hundred Years War, the American War for Independence and Civil War, and World Wars I and II, the book’s selections provide both an overview of what happened and a vivid picture of what it was like in the trenches or on the field when it happened. Where it happened ranges from Antioch to Agincourt to Austerlitz to Antietam, from Bunker Hill to San Juan Hill, from the Crimea to the Somme, from Crecy to Coruna to Khe Sanh in Vietnam. Throughout, editor Richard Lawrence places the eyewitness accounts in a narrative context and includes more than 50 maps that situate the battles and the fields where this volume’s officers and infantrymen momentously made history.
  • A thoroughly misleading book and title.
    This should have been titled "the american civil war" which is covered in exhausting pages!
    There is virtually no coverage of the major battles that shaped civilization. For example, Alexander of Macedonia, who was the most accomplished of all generals in all time history (by far!), is not covered or even mentioned. How can anyone write a book on battles without Alexander or covering the battle of Gaugamela? Or his battle of Issus where he was again outnumbered and yet beat Darius's Persian army decisively! WWII is likewise disappointing in its coverage. There is no mention of the great tank battles fought by commanders like Guderian and Rommel. Nor is there Patton or McArthur coverage.
    However, the "battle" of Falkland is covered!! What a waste of paper.

  • This is a GREAT book.

    This is a collection of eyewitness accounts from multiple eras, from the ancient to the modern, with particular emphasis on Napoleonic warfare.

    It is, simply put, astounding, as through the accounts from the participants (introduced by very short historical treatises on the general historical/military situation) we get both the smell of powder, the eyeview of a typical grunt soldier caught in a battle with choking smoke, musket balls flying and enemy infantry charging, knowing only what is happening in the near vicinity.

    This brings history to life, as reading about the Battle of Marengo, from the grand strategic perspective (this division moved here, this location was tenaciously defended) is not as interesting to me personally as reading about the drama, the suffering, the wounds, the fear, the heroism of a lowly private.

    It tells you how a normal guy (not a general!) felt, what he thought, what he did.

    History comes alive - no dry history book this!

    In the Napoleonic era, the French Revolutionary/Imperial forces are covered, and then the epic British (pre-Wellington and Wellington) struggle in Spain and Portugal.

    This makes the bulk of the book and is glorious.

    The American Civil War section is similar in nature and well worth reading also.

    If you want to see warfare - the drama, the fear, the unknown just beyond the smoke - from the ancient era to the modern, this is the book for you.

    One of my favorite books on my shelves.