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By titleBattles that Changed History

Battles that Changed History

Marathon, Cannae, Hattin, Blenheim, Waterloo and The Somme – the names of some great battles do not fade with the passing of time. Battles that Changed History offers over 45 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.

“This colourful book is informative, wide-ranging and accessible thanks to excellent organisation and appealing graphic design in a large-sized format.”
Stuart A. Hessney, Toy Soldier Magazine

Format: 297 x 227mm (11¾ x 9”)
Extent: 448pp
Illustrations: 600 photos, illustrations and maps
Text: 130,000 words
ISBN: 9781906626808

Author details:

Contributing authors: Martin J. Dougherty is a freelance writer and editor specializing in military and defence topics. He has previously contributed to Battles of the Ancient World and Battles of the American Civil War. Rob S. Rice is a professor at the American Military University, teaching courses on Ancient and Modern Naval Warfare. He has contributed to Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World and Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World. Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College, Maryland. He is the author of, among other titles, Medieval Military Technology, Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, and Guns and Men in Medieval Europe. Phyllis G. Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi. She also contributed to Battles of the Ancient World and Battles of the Bible. Ian Dickie has been a committee member of the Society of Ancients and editor of Army & Navy Modelworld, Military Hobbies, and now Miniature Wargames magazine. Christer Jorgensen has published various books on the history of European warfare. Based in London, he has previously contributed to Battles of the Medieval World and Battles That Changed Warfare. Chris McNab has written extensively on military history, weapons technology and military strategy, contributing to more than 50 titles. He has previously contributed to Battles of the American Civil War. Michael F. Pavkovic currently serves as an associate professor of strategy and policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is co-author of What is Military History? Chris Mann holds is an editor and author of more than 20 years’ experience who writes on defence and military topics, specializing in the history of twentieth century warfare.