Battle Hardcover – 1 Sep 2010
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Visually arresting, charged with authenticity and commanding in its grasp of information, a worthy addition to any bookshelf. (RAF Magazine)
About the Author
R.G. Grant has published more than 20 military and history books, including DK's Flight. He was a contributor to the ITV Visual History of the Twentieth Century. He lives in London. Dan Snow was the co-presenter of BBC2's Battlefield Britain.
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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.
Editor, 'The Battle Guide'
Guild of Battlefield Guides
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.
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.
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.
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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Good pictures, accurate information, fair price.
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