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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good general interest book., 2 Mar. 2006
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Michael MCCARTHY "Editor: The Battle Guide" (Hampshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a well presented family reference book offering a structured presentation of battle through the ages.
It presents background information on selected battles. To its great credit its terms of reference extend beyond the Western / Classical range traditionally found in such presentations and includes information on warfare in China, Japan, India and Latin America. This is related chronologically and technologically to the Western/Classical periods and makes well the point that warfare was a global matter long before the modern era: if not in the scale of conflict certainly in the common advances in the instruments of war.
There are hundreds of excellent colour photographs, particularly covering the various weapons of each era. Dan Snow, one of the visible faces of modern history telling, sets the scene in his forward, and he is right to comment that "the age-old tactics for enveloping enemy forces were as effective in the Roman world as they were in World War II".
It would have added to the book had a battle map where practicable accompanied each entry as those maps that are used are good at indicating the general flow of attacks.
Of tactics there is some mention in a general way.
For detailed insight into individual battles, the ground, the personalities and the armies a different book is required but as an introduction to battle and its many faces, this is a good start. There will be many children who in future will look back on this book as the spark that ignited their interest in military history.

Mike McCarthy
Editor, 'The Battle Guide'
Guild of Battlefield Guides
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle; a great coffee table book., 14 Mar. 2006
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This is a hefty tome to have on your bookshelf and is better left on the coffee table.
Whilst not as indepth as I would have expected (for its sheer size), it gives the reader a glimpse into warfare from around the world, it is as the book title states "a visual journey through 5,000 years of combat".
Battle is a book that any reader can pick up, open it at any page and enjoy, the book has thousands of illustrations showing a variety of weapons and armour as well as some of the more modern stuff like pictures of inside a submarine or cockpit of a helicopter.
If you've got someone at home who likes military history then this would be an ideal gift that they would appreciate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect..., 14 Aug. 2014
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Mr M.R.Watkinson (Norfolk, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Battle (Hardcover)
Dorling Kindersley books usually come in one of two flavours. The first type (Reef, Ocean) are books of glorious photography that, unfortunately, are usually information-lite on the subject they cover. The second are overviews like this. An inherent weakness of an overview is that it is an overview. Covering the entire history of... Flight, Ships, Soldiers, et al, means there's little depth, sometimes annoyingly so.

Here, though, there's usually just enough detail for any given battle. If it piques your interest about the battle of Kadesh, of Malplaquet, of El Alamein, it's easy enough these days to nip onto the net & rustle up more detail. There are also regular generic double-pages that give you some basic information about the culture, or weapons, etc of the coming section. There are plenty of minor production issues in my 2005 edition of this. For example, on the battle of Inkerman, Russian forces are given as 6,000, but their casualties are given as 11,800. The WWI section, all I can say is the author is obviously of the "butchers & bunglers" school. Plus Verdun - French forces 200,000, casualties 400,000. Really? As anyone who knows anything about WWI will tell you, a very large part of the French Army spent at least one turn of duty at Verdun. Perhaps the author means that there were only 200,000 on the frontline at a time, but that sort of thing erodes confidence in the scholarship, and costs the book a star. Nevertheless, Battle is comfortably the best of the DK overview histories that I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BattleTastic!, 12 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Battle (Hardcover)
I purchased this fine book many a year ago, i must say it is superb, it includes every major recorded war in history, all the way from ancient battlefields to a more contempoary setting, not only does it give you the background behind a particular war but also gives you a up-close view of the weapons of the era, as mentioned by previous reviews, it is not as detailed as it could be, but it is well-written and finely arrranged, although at times i wish it was in a more chronological order, however it summarises the brutal conflicts fought by Tyrants, Warlords, Politicians, and most of all the soldiers themselves, often battles have first-hand accounts given by those who were there.

Truly a fine collection to any keen historian, or at that, any one who even has a slight interest in war and weapons, a fine referance book, truly magnificent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great reference!, 1 July 2007
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SJ SMART "Smartie" (London) - See all my reviews
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I love this book, its packed with glossy illustrations and information, its a great guide and source of information and very interesting.

It covers basically every war since the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans etc up to the present day. With maps, diagrams and pictures. Because it covers so much ground most conflicts are limited to a simple paragraph under a title and date. But this is a good starting point for further research/reading.

A great book for anyone interested in military history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battles on the coffee table, 22 Sept. 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Battle (Hardcover)
This is a large-format, heavy-weight tome covering a wide range of battles through history; in its 360 pages, it covers wars from the ancient world to battles after 1980, although this latter section is very brief. It is a very well-illustrated book with a wealth of specific and general information and facts for anyone with an interest in wars through the ages.

It has maps, illustrations, drawings, photographs and very informative text for each battle and its list, although it may not be comprehensive, is extensive.

A very interesting text which would interest many young and old historians. An ideal present.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the DK trilogy, 14 Jan. 2008
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Jack Oliver (Cornwall, England) - See all my reviews
This is a wonderful reference book spanning the complete history of worldwide conflict in a single volume. Okay, if you have a special interest in any given battle then you'll need far more detail than is given here; but for quick reference with synopsis and key facts this is great. Books like this give a terrific sense of context. And, as ever with DK, it's beautifully art directed throughout. I'd strongly recommend getting the DK 'trilogy': Battle, Soldier, Weapon. I've gone a little further and added DK's Flight, Ship, World War I and World War II.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What I was looking for, 11 Oct. 2013
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Julian Alvarez Bottaro "juca" (houston texas) - See all my reviews
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Good pictures, accurate information, fair price.
I decided to buy it when I've got a preview of the book in internet.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle, 8 Oct. 2007
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Tami Brady "Integrated Whole Health" (Calgary, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Battle is the most complete military history reference book on the market. This amazing text contains short essays about famous/ infamous military leaders, summaries about particular battles throughout mankind's history (each complete with a map, approximate date of the battle, who participated in the battle, a short description of the whys of the incident, and in some cases an estimate of the number of casualties), and includes features that examine changes/ differences in military strategy and technology between various cultures and time periods from the ancient world to the current situation in Iraq. There are also some impressive illustrations showing military artifacts and details of some of the most interesting aspects of military technology.

Whether you are looking for a good military reference book for your kids, wanting to learn a little more about a particular battle, or are interested in the progression of war techniques throughout time, Battle is definitely your best bet. This is one of those books that gets read and used so many times that it pays for itself over and over again.
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