Keegan, a senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, speculates as to what soldiers present at such historic military engagements as Agincourt and Waterloo may have experienced.Keegan, a senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, speculates as to what soldiers present at such historic military engagements as Agincourt and Waterloo may have experienced.Read Less
Very good in very good dust jacket. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, maps. Slipcase has some light corner bumping/shelf wear. Otherwise book is in very good condition with very good slipcase. Book contains numerous diagrams, maps, historical photographs and illustrations.
Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Near Fine copy in Near Fine Slipcase. Illustrated with colour and black & white plates. Black & white maps. xiv, 336 pages This is a direct look at the experience of individuals at "the point of maximum danger", to see what might have prepared them for the ordeal they meet there. It examines the physical conditions of fighting-usually omitted in battle narratives-the state of fatigue and hunger soldiers face and the assault noise makes on their senses.
Reginald Piggott. Redrawn Maps. Fine in Slipcase, Fine. jacket. Book. Tall 8vo. Pp: [i-iv] v-xiv[xv-xvi], 1-336. Frontispiece and twenty-four pages of colour and b&w plates consisting of reproductions of art works and archival photographs, four maps. Bibliography, Index. Blue endpapers. Bound in full cloth printed with photographic scene of Canadian troops at the Somme. Blue paper covered slip case. First published by Jonathan Cape, UK, in 1976. Well known military historian Keegan discusses military histories in general in the opening chapter and then goes on to describe the Battles of Agincourt, Waterloo, The Somme, and, latterly, the Future of Battle.
It was geared more toward military history classes
Apr 5, 2007
A must have
Keegan stands alongside possibly only Sir Michael Howard as the collossus of post-WWII British military historians/analysts. Howard himself calls The Face of Battle, "one of the half-dozen best books on warfare to appear in the English language since the end of the Second World War". Keegan uses the direct experience of participants in the epochal battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and Somme to examine the physical conditions and the pychological characteristics of battle - noise, steel, mud, blood, killing, death, glory and fear. Like all works by Keegan, there is much to debate and disagree about. His views and conclusions are often contestable. But then that is the mark of great history - small stuff to debate within an overall thesis of truth, all the while adding new perspective to old ideas. Buy this and if you like it add, Soldiers and Mask of Command to your basket as well.
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