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Battleplan! The must-have DVD series for all aspiring military historians.
on 8 December 2008
There's definitely something about military history that just strikes a cord with people. Whether it's the historical impact on today's society; whether it's a greater understanding of tactical evolution, or just ammunition for a pub quiz; military history is a fascinating subject for many different people for many different reasons.
Catching this series initially on the History Channel, I found the breakdown of the various types of conflict to be a real eye opener; it's a really powerful feeling when you come away with knowledge, and although this serves best as an introduction, Battleplan leaves you much more informed than it found you. Battleplan is insightful, informative, scientifically analytical yet easy to understand and, at fifteen quid, absolutely fantastic value.
It works like this; each episode begins with an introduction to a specific type of warfare (say, for example, flanking manoeuvres). Once the basic concept has been laid down, Battleplan then breaks down the topic into requirements and sizeable chunks. Using real-world examples (mostly of the Gulf and World Wars) we are able to gain a real insight into how they work in reality. Battleplan then analyses the real-world examples against the requirements laid out in the episodes. Thanks to the insight of established military historians, you feel as though you can rely on the information.
In summary; if you're casually interested, or beginning your learning in military history, especially of the modern era, you really can't go wrong with Battleplan, especially at this price; enjoy!