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Great Military Disasters

Author : Julian Spilsbury
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Great Military Disasters tells the dramatic stories behind the world's most calamitous conflicts. From the French army's failure to understand the impact of new technology at Crécy to Hitler's blatant overconfidence at Stalingrad, military historian Julian Spilsbury provides thrilling accounts of each disaster, covering exactly what went wrong, how and why. Of course, a disastrous outcome for one side meant victory for another, so as well as exploring the reasons the conflict ended in disaster, Great Military Disasters also reveals the key to victory. Eyewitness quotations add another dimension to this intriguing study of human incompetence of the gravest kind.

Great Military Disasters

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Provides detailed coverage and tactical maps of various historic battles from Cannae to Mogadishu.

Arrogant Armies

Author : James M. Perry
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Spanning more than two hundred years of martial adventurism, aggression, and outright blundering, Arrogant Armies chronicles the profoundly misguided and utterly calamitous military expeditions of the great empire builders and overconfident expeditionary forces. From colonial America to South Africa, from Mesopotamia to Khartoum, an extraordinary number of presumably superior armies grievously underestimated native forces.

Snafu

Author : Geoffrey Regan
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History s Greatest Military Disasters Children s Military War History Books

Author : Baby Professor
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War is never a happy subject. However, it can be used as a stepping stone to great realizations. In this book, we're going to take a look at History’s Greatest Military Disasters. This is an excellent resource that can be used as complement to official history textbooks. Grab a copy today!

Britain s 20 Worst Military Disasters

Author : John Withington
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Crecy, Agincourt, Blenheim, Trafalgar, Waterloo, El Alamein – the names trip off the tongue and resound through our history. Great British military victories, often won against the odds. But what of the defeats and disasters – from our conquest by Roman armies to the fall of Singapore in 1942, described by Churchill as the ‘worst disaster’ in our military history. This is the story of those disasters, and the ones in between. From famous battles like Hastings and Yorktown, to those that are less well-known but had far-reaching consequences, such as Castillon. Others, like the Battle of the Medway in 1667, which were deeply shameful – ‘a dishonour never to be wiped off’ – but had relatively little long term impact. Sometimes, a brilliant retreat helped prevent an even greater calamity, as at Gallipoli and Dunkirk. It is an epic story following British armies and navies across the world to France, Africa, North and South America and the Far East. It is a tale of bungling, miscalculation, unpreparedness and heroism.

Scottish Military Disasters

Author : Paul Cowan
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A compilation of Scotland's failures on the battlefields of the world from Mons Graupius to Korea.

Into the Jaws of Death

Author : Mike Snook
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Col. Mike Snook draws on his professional expertise as a soldier and his lifelong study of military history to bring back to life the dramatic campaigns fought by the British Army between the Crimean War and the dawn of the 20th century. The first of a proposed two-volume study, the book focuses on the great battles--Isandlwana, Majuba Hill, Colenso, and Spion Kop, among them--that went badly awry for the British. In doing so, the author exposes the sometimes embarrassing causes of British defeat and offers new insights into the characters of some of Victoria's most notable military commanders. Political meddling, military incompetence, petty jealousy, and overstretched resources, all played a part in the disasters. Snook also shows British soldiers overcoming formidable logistic difficulties to bring a succession of resourceful and hardy enemies to battle from Cairo to Cape Town, Delhi to the Hindu Kush. Snook's authoritative and dramatic descriptions of colonial warfare are certain to attract generations of readers to this wide-ranging and meticulously researched history.

World s Worst Military Disasters

Author : Chris McNab
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This book examines some of the worst battle defeats in military history, from ancient times through to the present day. Each story brings every battle and military mishap to life, making history come alive for readers.

How to Lose a Battle

Author : Bill Fawcett
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A remarkable compendium of the worst military decisions and the men who made them The annals of history are littered with horribly bad military leaders. These combat incompetents found amazing ways to ensure their army's defeat. Whether it was a lack of proper planning, miscalculation, ego, bad luck, or just plain stupidity, certain wartime stratagems should never have left the drawing board. Written with wit, intelligence, and eminent readability, How to Lose a Battle pays dubious homage to these momentous and bloody blunders, including: Cannae, 216 B.C.: the bumbling Romans lose 80,000 troops to Hannibal's forces. The Second Crusade: an entire Christian army is slaughtered when it stops for a drink of water. The Battle of Britain: Hitler's dreaded Luftwaffe blows it big-time. Pearl Harbor: more than one warning of the impending attack is there, but nobody listens. How to Lose a Battle includes more than thirty-five chapters worth of astonishing (and avoidable) disasters, both infamous and obscure -- a treasure trove of trivia, history, and jaw-dropping facts about the most costly military missteps ever taken.

Reader s Guide to Military History

Author : Charles Messenger
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This book contains some 600 entries on a range of topics from ancient Chinese warfare to late 20th-century intervention operations. Designed for a wide variety of users, it encompasses general reviews of aspects of military organization and science, as well as specific wars and conflicts. The book examines naval and air warfare, as well as significant individuals, including commanders, theorists, and war leaders. Each entry includes a listing of additional publications on the topic, accompanied by an article discussing these publications with reference to their particular emphases, strengths, and limitations.

Military Blunders II

Author : Steven Eden
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Presents the why and wherefores of the most interesting ill-timed attacks, badly planned maneuvers, and strategic mishaps from the first to the last decade of the 20th century.

Unarmed Combat

Author : Martin J. Dougherty
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Self-defence techniques are useful for both military personnel and in everyday situations. Written for the non-expert, the SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Unarmed Combat explains how to deal with unexpected assaults, whether you are in the home, enjoying a night out or just walking along the street. With the help of clear illustrations and precise text, the book explains how to handle sudden assaults, escalating confrontations and premeditated attacks, whether by unarmed or armed assailants. The book includes sections on deescalating confrontations, how to win without fighting, training and preparation, striking methods, locks and controls, strangles and chokes, throws and deflections, dealing with grabs, kicks and punches, defeating edged weapons, defeating firearms, fighting on the ground, defending against a group attack and fighting with improvised weapons BR>Written by an expert self-defence instructor, the SAS and Elite Forces Guide: Unarmed Combat will prepare you for that unexpected and unsought attack in an everyday situation.

The Book of Military Blunders

Author : Geoffrey Regan
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A History of the Great War

Author : C.R.M.F. Cruttwell
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This vivid, detailed history of World War I presents the general reader with an accurate and readable account of the campaigns and battles, along with brilliant portraits of the leaders and generals of all countries involved. Scrupulously fair, praising and blaming friend and enemy as circumstances demand, this has become established as the classic account of the first world-wide war.

Airpower Journal

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The Ideology of the Offensive

Author : Jack Snyder
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Jack Snyder's analysis of the attitudes of military planners in the years prior to the Great War offers new insight into the tragic miscalculations of that era and into their possible parallels in present-day war planning. By 1914, the European military powers had adopted offensive military strategies even though there was considerable evidence to support the notion that much greater advantage lay with defensive strategies. The author argues that organizational biases inherent in military strategists' attitudes make war more likely by encouraging offensive postures even when the motive is self-defense. Drawing on new historical evidence of the specific circumstances surrounding French, German, and Russian strategic policy, Snyder demonstrates that it is not only rational analysis that determines strategic doctrine, but also the attitudes of military planners. Snyder argues that the use of rational calculation often falls victim to the pursuit of organizational interests such as autonomy, prestige, growth, and wealth. Furthermore, efforts to justify the preferred policy bring biases into strategists' decisions—biases reflecting the influences of parochial interests and preconceptions, and those resulting from attempts to simplify unduly their analytical tasks.The frightening lesson here is that doctrines can be destabilizing even when weapons are not, because doctrine may be more responsive to the organizational needs of the military than to the implications of the prevailing weapons technology. By examining the historical failure of offensive doctrine, Jack Snyder makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the causes of war.

A Line in the Sand

Author : James Barr
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A fascinating insight into the untold story of how British-French rivalry drew the battle-lines of the modern Middle East. In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. They drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier, and together remade the map of the Middle East, with Britain’s 'mandates' of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France's in Lebanon and Syria. Over the next thirty years a sordid tale of violence and clandestine political manoeuvring unfolded, told here through a stellar cast of politicians, diplomats, spies and soldiers, including T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle. Using declassified papers from the British and French archives, James Barr vividly depicts the covert, deadly war of intrigue and espionage between Britain and France to rule the Middle East, and reveals the shocking way in which the French finally got their revenge. ‘The very grubby coalface of foreign policy … I found the entire book most horribly addictive’ Independent ‘One of the unexpected responses to reading this masterful study is amazement at the efforts the British and French each put into undermining the other’ The Spectator

Hyperspace

Author : Stanley I. Brookoff
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HYPERSPACE is about a man with a malfunctioning brain. Triggered by his inability to consummate a relationship with a warm, alluring, high-spirited, and extraordinarily beautiful young woman, the protagonists vivid pictorial imagination and great power of memory-recall show the reader pathetic, heartrending, tragic and chilling events in his life. After the first depiction of a traumatic childhood scene, Jason walks into a semi-desert plain. In the darkening evening he "befriends" a small twinkling star visible to him as he stands near a rocky peak. When he "realizes" that it "guided" him in his walk, drew him away from his home, in order that they meet, he "reaches out" to it. This star then becomes Jasons focus of escaping from hell. After his failure with the woman, he boards a "spacecraft"to travel to his star friend, beginning a voyage whose final destination will shock and chill the reader.

The Hutchinson Atlas of Battle Plans

Author : Richard Holmes
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This book contains battle plans with their actual outcome, from the Romans to World War II.Each in-depth essay on a particular battle is complemented by original maps in the service of "before and after", producing fresh insights into important battles that have, in many cases, dictated the course of history.The battles analyzed, by a team of distinguished military historians, are: the classic ploys -- Cannae, Chancellorsville, Alamein; surprise -- Crecy, Cambrai, Blitzkrieg; misunderstanding -- Waterloo, Balaklava, Gallipoli; mission impossible -- Kunersdorf, First Day of Somme, Battle of the Bulge; underestimating the enemy -- Austerlitz, Isandawana, Singapore; narrow margins -- Gettysburg, First Battle of Ypres, Crete.