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This campaign was a masterpiece of strategic warfare. In this program, the BHTV team uses their experience as soldiers and guides to bring this iconic campaign to life. The team examines the political, military and economic background to the campaign and brings the subject to life by visits to all the major locations, skillful use of maps and complimented by re-enactment footage and vignettes of life and combat in Mercenaries to Conquerors Norman Warfare in the Eleventh and TwelfthCentury Mediterranean Paul Brown When a band of Norman adventurers arrived in southern Italy to fight in the Lombard insurrections against the Byzantine empire in the early s, few would have predicted that within a generation these men would have seized control of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily.
Paul Brown, in this thoroughly researched and absorbing study, seeks to answer these questions and throw light onto the Norman conquests across the Mediterranean. Throughout he focuses on the military side of their progress, as they advanced from mercenaries to conquerors, then crusaders. Hewitt and Andrew Ayton H. Richard III and the Bosworth Campaign Peter Hammond Peter Hammond, in a vivid and perceptive account of the battle, retells the story of the tangled dynastic and personal rivalries that provoked the conflict, describes the preparations of the two converging armies and offers a gripping analysis of the contest itself.
This lucid, authoritative and readable new history will be essential reading for anyone who is intrigued by the short, unhappy reign of Richard III and the trial of strength that destroyed him. The Knights Templar at War — Paul Hill There are many books about the Knights Templar, the medieval military order which played a key role in the crusades against the Muslims in the Holy Land, the Iberian peninsula and elsewhere in Europe.
The order was founded as a response to attacks on pilgrims in the Holy Land, and it was involved in countless battles and sieges, always at the forefront of crusading warfare. This absorbing study examines why they were such an important aspect of medieval warfare on the frontiers of Christendom for nearly two hundred years. Paul Hill shows how they were funded and supplied, how they organized their forces on campaign and on the battlefield and the strategies and tactics they employed in the various theaters of warfare in which they fought.
Templar leadership, command and control are examined, and sections cover their battles and campaigns, fortifications and castles. As befits such a colossus, masses have been written about the king, not only by contemporary and near-contemporary commentators, even William Shakespeare, but also professional and amateur historians ever since. Often they are viewed as screaming throngs of horsemen who swept over opponents by sheer force of numbers rather than as disciplined regiments that carried out planned and practiced maneuvers.
In this pioneering book, Timothy May demonstrates that the Mongol military developed from a tribal levy into a complex military organization. He describes the make-up of the Mongol army from its inception to the demise of the Mongol empire, and he shows how it was the strength, quality and versatility of Mongol military organization that made them the pre-eminent warriors of their time. Battles of Ancient China Chris Peers In the field of military history as in so many others, the Chinese have often been both admired and seen as something utterly mysterious and inscrutable.
Selected both for their historical importance and for the light which they shed on weapons and tactics, the author uses these examples to discuss the many myths still current in the West about ancient Chinese warfare. Battles of Ancient China shows that none of these stereotypes are accurate. Cataphracts Knights of the Ancient Eastern Empires Erich B Anderson Originating among the wealthiest nobles of various central Asian steppe tribes and adopted by several major empires, Cataphracts were the most heavily armored form of cavalry in the ancient world, with riders and mounts both clad in heavy armor.
Erich B Anderson assesses the development, equipment, tactics and combat record of cataphracts, showing also how enemies sought to counter them.
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This is a valuable study of one of the most interesting weapon systems of the ancient world. The Archduke launched a surprise attack upon the French whilst Napoleon was occupied in Spain. Outnumbered, the French faced disaster but, with typical decisiveness Napoleon arrived just in time. He served as part of the Bavarian corps that was shattered in this cataclysmic campaign.
He survived to describe the campaign and the campaign in France when the Bavarians switched sides and fought against Napoleon. With additional commentary by John Gill on the Bavarian Army and its campaigns and battles, this book is an important, authoritative addition to the works on the Napoleonic Wars. By the time he was twenty-five, Heinrich von Brandt had marched from Madrid to Moscow and had been severely wounded on three separate occasions. In his extraordinary memoirs Brandt describes in great detail the actions in which he fought, the type of officers and men with whom he served and the grueling campaigns in which they participated.
He also gives fascinating insight into the minds of his comrades and superiors. This book is a must for every Napoleonic historian, enthusiast, and anyone who likes a good story of high adventure. His duties involved mounting guard at Malmaison and the palace of Saint-Cloud and also allowed him many fascinating glimpses of the Emperor at reviews, presenting awards and receiving trophies.
This is a superb record of a serving soldier. Jac Weller covers all the battles with the French in which Wellington was involved. Talavera, Busaco, Salamanca and Vitoria are among the famous battles that he brings to life once more, with the aid of meticulous research, extensive visits to and photographs of the battlefields themselves, and an unwavering ability to cut a clear path through tangled military events.
In a balanced and gripping narrative of the military events, Maude gives a key insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the two opposing armies as well as relating and analyzing every move of the campaign. This volume is required reading for students of military history, combining the unfolding drama of one of the most mobile wars in history with a thorough and scholarly approach to each significant lesson taught by success as well as by failure. Faced with a crushing defeat, the British, commanded by Sir John Moore, turned and marched through the mountains of northern Spain.
March of Death is the story of a terrible retreat through the eyes of those who were there and survived. In this epic work, John Gill presents an unprecedented and comprehensive study of this year of glory for the German soldiers fighting for Napoleon. When combat opened they were in the thick of the action, fighting within French divisions and often without any French support at all. They demonstrated tremendous skill, courage and loyalty.
Wars Against Napoleon Debunking the Myth of the Napoleonic Wars General Michel Franceschi and Ben Weider Popular and scholarly history presents a one-dimensional image of Napoleon as an inveterate instigator of war who repeatedly sought large-scale military conquests. General Franceschi and Ben Weider dismantle this false conclusion in this book, a brilliantly written and researched study that turns our understanding of the French emperor on its head. The authors argue persuasively that the caricature of the megalomaniac conqueror who bled Europe white to satisfy his delirious ambitions and insatiable love for war is groundless.
By carefully scrutinizing the facts of the period and scrupulously avoiding the sometimes confusing cause and effect of major historical events, they paint a compelling portrait of a fundamentally pacifist Napoleon, one completely at odds with modern scholarly thought. Volume 1 British Sources Gareth Glover In the first groundbreaking volume of a new series, acclaimed Napoleonic scholar Gareth Glover brings together previously unpublished material relating to the Battle of Waterloo. The Waterloo Archive. There is a great need to provide an English version of much of the original German source material to redress the imbalance; this volume is intended to remedy that situation by publishing sixty of these reports and letters fully translated into English for the first time, giving a clearer insight into the significant role these troops played.
Volume 3 British Sources Gareth Glover The British archives of the Napoleonic wars are unique, brimming with personal letters to family and friends or journals that record their innermost thoughts. The human aspect of war comes to the fore, the humor and exhilaration; the fears and miseries; the starvation and exhaustion; the horror and the joy.
It is usually accepted that very few common soldiers of this period could read or write and that the few letters and journals that do exist emanate from more senior officers, who were required to be able to write to perform their duties. Volume I proved this to be a fallacy, and this volume continues with a further three accounts, and shows how the ordinary soldier saw things, giving a different aspect to our studies. Volume 4 The British Sources Gareth Glover The Waterloo Archive Volume IV contains letters and journals written largely in the immediate aftermath of the whirlwind campaign of , both from the frontline troops and the support services, including medical reports and those of civilians.
A detailed text is accompanied by contemporary paintings and a vast array of graphics illustrating the uniforms and equipment of the soldiers of the time. Authentic proof of the battle has had to be found at its source. Two centuries afterwards, the only valid proof, in our opinion, was those objects which had really been at Waterloo. Strangely enough, with all the books and publications on the subject, nobody ever seemed to have taken an interest in this aspect. And yet their emotional capital still remains intact, from the very famous hat belonging to Napoleon to the uniform button of an obscure infantry fusilier.
A fallen Emperor who once controlled most of Europe makes friends with an impudent, pretty and spirited young English girl. Betsy produced a book full of interest, but notwithstanding that the book wanders backwards and forward chronologically, the general tenor of the relationship between this young girl and Napoleon is beyond question, and it was of an unusual and extremely friendly nature. This detailed book lists all of those on the island between and and provided important background biographical information.
In this vibrant and exhilarating hourby-hour portrayal of the battle, a renowned historian joins his voice with the eyewitness accounts of those who fought it. Masterfully weaving together painstakingly researched eyewitness accounts, diaries and letters, this gripping portrayal of Waterloo offers unparalleled authenticity. Extraordinary images of the men and women emerge in full color; the voices of the sergeants, the exhausted foot-soldiers, the boy ensigns, the captains and the cavalry troopers, from both sides, rise from the page in vivid and telling detail, as the fate of Europe hangs by a thread.
His narrative describes their role in all the major operations between and , and it demonstrates the extraordinary range of tasks they undertook, from surveys and reconnaissance to the building of roads and bridges, siege works and field fortifications. By late afternoon, at the close of the Battle of Waterloo, nearly 40, men lay dead or wounded. Until that day, the army of Napoleon Bonaparte seemed almost invincible. For the British, the Battle of Waterloo was one of our greatest ever victories and this is the story of that extraordinary day.
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Redcoats Against Napoleon The 30th Regiment During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars Carole Divall Military histories of the struggle against the French armies of the Revolution and Napoleon often focus on the exploits of elite units and famous individuals, ignoring the essential contribution made by the ordinary soldiers—the bulk of the British army.
Carole Divall, in this graphic and painstakingly researched account, tells the story of one such hitherto ignored group of fighting men, the 30th Regiment of the Line. She takes their story from one of the opening clashes of the long war, the Siege of Toulon in , to the decisive Battle of Waterloo in Symonds This is a visual and narrative overview of the principal military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. Symonds narrates each battle in a clear, concise, and readable way.
Accompanying two-color, full-page maps make everything easy to understand, and make this book an ideal classroom text, battlefield tour guide, or library reference. Frank Walker charts the career of this rugged individualist, from his beginnings as a young apprentice in the English port of Whitehaven and early voyages aboard slave ships, to his commission as an American naval officer who led and attack on that very port and continued to harass British shipping as part of the effort to bring the Revolutionary War to a close.
Interrogating numerous contemporary sources, this book gives an accurate and balanced account of the life of this controversial and fascinating character. Crucially, Frank Walker has examined the scenes of Jones's greatest triumphs during his cruise around the British Isles, to shed new light on his methods, and some would say—in their incredible daring—his madness!
The unique aspect of Dr. Each entry highlights the life and military career of each commander up to the moment of the featured battle, with a thread of continuity coursing through each chapter. Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution J.
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David Dameron and Theodore P. Savas This book is the first comprehensive account of every engagement of the Revolution, a war that began with a brief skirmish at Lexington Green on April 19, , and concluded on the battlefield at the Siege of Yorktown in October This book presents each engagement in a unique way. Each battle entry offers a wide and rich template of information to make it easy for readers to find exactly what they are seeking. Fresh, scholarly, informative, and entertaining, Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution will be welcomed by historians and general enthusiasts everywhere.
Indeed President Barack Obama referred to it in his Inaugural Address; and every American child is steeped in its history. But all too often the fog of myth shrouds the reality from all sides of the conflict. In these pages, the path to war is starkly documented by British caricatures of politicians and generals, for the most part favorable to the Colonists.
Kenneth Baker has used contemporary material, not the romantic patriotic pictures of the 19th Century. He has drawn upon his own experiences of high politics, and his personal collection of caricatures, as well as the libraries and historical societies of the East Coast. These provide vivid and memorable images made at the very time that the Americans and French were fighting the British and Germans on their road to victory.
It tells the dramatic story of seven defining leadership moments from the American Revolution. In this book, you learn about real people facing historic challenges and overcoming what reasonable observers believed were insurmountable odds. These leadership stories tell the story of the birth of the United States as well as providing case studies that can improve your leadership. A good step on the road to improving your leadership is to read this book and inculcate the lessons learned from the Founding Fathers.
This concise, informative work is ideal for students of the nineteenthcentury, American Civil War enthusiasts and anyone interested in Victorian culture. But for the citizens of Gettysburg, their story was just beginning. Elizabeth Thorn was no different than all of the other civilians doing their part to restore their town from the devastation of war. However, upon further investigation, she was very different. Elizabeth performed all of these strenuous tasks in the heat and the stench of a battlefield of bodies left to rot in the hot summer sun.
This is her story and the story of the Evergreen Cemetery, a small-town burial ground that acquired national fame. Mingus Sr and Gerard E. Scott Mingus has teamed with Gerard Mayers to present more than of the best of these stories. Jeb Stuart. And none played a more prominent role during the brief period when the hopes of the nascent Confederacy were at their apex, when it appeared as though the Army of Northern Virginia could not be restrained from establishing Southern nationhood.
Although, as we see in these pages, his gallantry and leadership in combat sufficed enough to earn him renown, and in this book the under-sung exploits of a true 19thcentury hero are finally revealed. Strangling the Confederacy examines the various naval actions and land incursions the Union waged from Virginia down the Atlantic Coast and through the Gulf of Mexico to methodically close down every Confederate port that could bring in weapons or supplies.
Lew Wallace prepared for a last-ditch defense along the banks of the Monocacy River against Lt.
That day, Union and Confederate soldiers filled the fields just south of Frederick, Maryland, with the dead and wounded. Propelled by the momentum of that supreme moment, Lee decided to once more take the fight to the Yankees and launched this army on another invasion of the North.
An appointment with destiny awaited in the little Pennsylvania college town of Gettysburg. This book follows in the footsteps of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac as the two foes cat-and-mouse their way northward, ultimately clashing in the costliest battle in North American history. This book offers the ultimate Civil War road trip. Nonetheless, Union commander Maj. George Gordon Meade had yet to come to serious blows with his Confederate counterpart, Gen.
Robert E. He looked for the chance to strike out at Meade. In mid-October, , both men shifted their armies into motion. Each surprised the other. Last stop: Bristoe Station. Pawlak Confederate armies advanced across a thousand mile front in the summer of The world watched anxiously—could the Confederacy achieve its independence? McClellan gathered the broken and scattered remnants of several Federal armies within Washington, D.
Historians Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak trace the routes both armies traveled during the Maryland Campaign, ultimately coming to a climactic blow on the banks of Antietam Creek. That clash on September 17, , to this day remains the bloodiest single day in American history. This book offers several day trip tours and visits many outof-the-way sites related to the Maryland Campaign. White They melted like snow on the ground, one officer said—wave after wave of Federal soldiers charging uphill across an open, muddy plain.
Confederates, fortified behind a stone wall along a sunken road, poured a solid hail of lead into them as they charged … and faltered … and died. The battle of Fredericksburg remains one of the most misunderstood and misremembered engagements of the war. Burnside started with a well-conceived plan and had every reason to expect victory. How did it go so terribly wrong? Strike Them a Blow Battle along the North Anna River, May 21—25, Chris Mackowski For sixteen days the armies had grappled—a grueling horrorshow of nonstop battle, march, and maneuver that stretched through May of Federal commander Ulysses S.
Grant had resolved to destroy his Confederate adversaries through attrition if by no other means. Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River offers a concise, engaging account of the mistakes and missed opportunities of the third—and least understood— phase of the Overland Campaign.
Federal armies were poised on the edge of Georgia for the first time in the war. Atlanta sat in the distance, but it lay more than miles away for the Federal armies, which had to navigate treacherous passes. He brings his Southern sensibility to the Emerging Civil War Series, known for its engaging storytelling and accessible approach to history.
White May The Civil War was in its third spring, and Confederate Lt. Thomas Jonathan Jackson stood at the peak of his fame. On the night of May 2, however, just hours after Jackson executed the most audacious maneuver of his career and delivered a crushing blow against an unsuspecting Union army at Chancellorsville, disaster struck. The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson recounts the events of that fateful night and the tense vigil that ensued as Jackson struggled with a foe even he could not defeat. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt In the spring of , a string of Confederate victories foiled Union plans in the state and kept Confederate armies fed and supplied.
In , the Army of Northern Virginia used the Valley as its avenue of invasion, culminating in the battle of Gettysburg. When Sheridan returned to the Valley in , the stakes jumped dramatically. To lose the Valley would mean to lose the state. For the North, the momentum its war effort had gained by capturing Atlanta would quickly evaporate. For the South, more than its breadbasket was at stake—its nascent nationhood lay on the line. The burial of the dead was an overwhelming experience for the armies or communities forced to clean up after the destruction of battle.
In the short-term action, bodies were hastily buried to avoid the stench and the horrific health concerns of massive death; in the long-term, families struggled to reclaim loved ones and properly reinter them in established cemeteries. In this easy-to-read overview that will complement any Civil War library, author Meg Groeling provides a look at the aftermath of battle and the process of burying the Civil War dead.
The masterful storytelling is richly enhanced with hundreds of photos and illustrations. Dunkerly, Donald C. Pfanz and David R. Ruth It was May, The Civil War had dragged into its fourth spring. It was time to end things, Grant resolved, once and for all. In this book, Historians Robert M. Pfanz, and David R. Ruth allow readers to follow in the footsteps of the armies as they grapple across the Virginia landscape. Pfanz spent his career as a National Park Service historian on the battlefields where the campaign began; Dunkerly and Ruth work on the battlefields where it concluded.
Few people know the ground, or the campaign, better. Gottfried This book continues Bradley M. This latest magisterial work breaks down the entire campaign into 24 map sets enriched with original full-page color maps. These cartographic creations bore down to the regimental and battery level. The Maps of the Wilderness includes an assessment of the winter of —, the planning for the campaign, the crossing of the Rapidan River, and two days of bloody combat and the day of watchful stalemate thereafter.
This is a seminal work that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious and casual student of the Civil War. Hessler,Wayne E. Lee ordered more than 12, Southern infantrymen to undertake what would become the most legendary charge in American military history. This is the first battlefield guide for this celebrated assault. Wittenberg This comprehensive tactical study examines the role Buford and his horse soldiers played from June 29 through July 2, , including the important actions that saved the shattered remnants of the First and Eleventh Corps. It also includes a detailed walking and driving tour of pertinent sites, complete with GPS coordinates.
In fact, the fight was a decisive Federal victory and important turning point in the campaign, as historian Brian Matthew Jordan convincingly argues in his fresh interpretation Unholy Sabbath. Jordan presents a full-length study based upon extensive archival research, newspaper accounts, regimental histories, official records, postwar reunion materials, public addresses, letters, and diaries. Mingus and Eric J. Wittenberg June The Gettysburg Campaign is underway. Robert H. Eric J. Wittenberg and Scott L.
Mingus Sr. Their balanced effort and a deep familiarity with the terrain in and around Winchester and the lower Shenandoah Valley, explores the battle from every perspective. Instead of a dry recitation of the facts, it chronicles the desperate marching, fighting, command decisions, and suffering as depicted in the letters, memoirs, diaries, and postwar recollections of the men from both armies.
This invaluable methodology uses the words of those who lived these events to paint a rich tapestry of personal courage, cowardice, failures, and triumphs. In addition to a dozen original maps, this book also includes scores of rare photos all of which enhance this well written and engrossing account. Author Mark Hughes uses clear and concise writing, tables, charts, and more than photographs to trace the history of the war from the beginning of the conflict through Reconstruction. Coverage includes battles and campaigns, the common soldier, technology, weapons, women and minorities at war, hospitals, prisons, generals, the naval war, artillery, and much more.
In addition to these important areas, Hughes includes a fascinating section about the Civil War online, including popular blog sites and other Internet resources. Langellier George Armstrong Custer was one of the most flamboyant and controversial officers ever to have served in the United States Army.
This superbly illustrated book provides a unique visual record of this famous commander from his graduation at West Point to the last great battle of the American West: the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Rare photographs from private collections show his stylish uniforms, weapons and artifacts, and reveal the faces of the men who rode into legend with him. Far from being uniformly clad in blue, the Union soldier appeared in a great variety of clothing, from simple civilian-style dress to elaborate uniforms inspired by European armies. This volume covers artillery, cavalry and infantry and includes over a dozen color images produced in the s for the U.
Army Quartermaster Department, as well as the complete U. Army uniform regulations. Redlegs The U. Langellier This volume illustrates a muchneglected aspect of American military history—the U. Army artillerymen, named redlegs after the red stripes on their trousers. Artillery was a vital arm and proved its worth in all of these diverse theaters of war; artillerymen served as part of mobile columns, in sieges and blockades, and as garrisons in remote frontier forts.
This handy guide includes superb images and descriptive captions detailing the appearance of the men, their uniforms and equipment, and the ordnance used over the years. Langellier and Michael J. Typically Billy Yank is presented dressed in regulation blue uniform topped with a forage hat, the standard headdress used by the military of the period. Compiled by two experts on the subject of military uniforms of the period, and crammed with fascinating facts and images, this is an excellent glimpse into the life and times of the union soldier and a valuable addition to the popular G.
Later research has thrown serious doubt on this claim and indeed Mannock himself only claimed 51 kills. In particular the biography delves into the mind of Mannock, portraying the singular nature of his character and the true stress that these pioneer air fighters experienced in the last few months of the war. Scott, G. Sixty Squadron R. Group Captain A. Scott has written in this book a valuable record of an active squadron. His account begins with the early stages of scouting and closes with the final concepts of offensive are aerial combat during World War I.
Many of those mentioned in these pages, first published in , remained in aviation in the years after the war and during World War II, with considerable success. Sykes Max Immelmann was born in Dresden. When World War I started, Immelmann was recalled to active service. He was initially stationed in northern France as a reconnaissance aviator.
He was decorated with the Iron Cross, Second Class for preserving his aircraft. Later in , he became one of the first German fighter pilots, quickly building an impressive score of victories as he became known as The Eagle of Lille. Founder of the aerial combat maneuver that still bears his name, Immelmann was credited with 15 victories, his final one coming on 30 March The Royal Flying Corps, the French Air Force and the opposing German Air Service were all engaged in fierce aerial conflict and the Allied air forces were following a particularly successful if aggressive policy.
This book explores the many ways in which fighter pilots developed tactics in order to outdo the opposition in the fight for allied victory. It also looks at the development of militarized flight during the course of these key years, revealing how each side constantly endeavored to improve their aircraft and their gunnery. Night Raiders of the Air A.
Kingsford A. Kingsford flew with Squadron, the unit that dropped the first bomb at night on Germany and, on November 11, , the last one. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in Full of incident and adventure, Night Raiders of the Air is a first-person account by this young Commonwealth volunteer on his experiences during the war against Germany. In , at the age of 17, he left home in Ilford for the Klondike gold rush. Arriving too late to make his fortune he decided to join the US Army.
In , fleeing imminent bankruptcy, he became involved with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Beyond the British blockade there was little chance of reinforcement and resupply of ammunition—their commanders had to make some decisions as to what to do for their crews. Admiral Maximilian Von Spee had to decide what to do half a world away from Germany. With only the ammunition on board his vessels, he had to fight his way through the British lines to get his men home.