Author(s): Jeremy Harwood
From Marathon in 490 BC or Hastings in 1066 to Trafalgar and Austerlitz in 1805; from Midway, Stalingrad or Leyte Gulf during the Second World War to the fall of Baghdad in 2003, this meticulously illustrated companion to great battles of the world will be essential reading for anyone fascinated by military set-pieces and strategy. When did an Asian power first defeat a European one? How did Joan of Arc beat the British at the Siege of Orleans? Why did France lose at Dien Bien Phu in 1954? and much much more...- Features accurate, dynamic maps showing why battles took place and their consequences - Each battle is accompanied by diagrams, fact files and essays explaining how they were won and lost - Includes a chronological collection of momentous battlefield clashes
'Harwood has done a good job, in words and pictures, of presenting concise portraits of these savage struggles and explaining why they matter.' -- Nigel Jones, The Spectator 'An adept guide ... From Marathon to Agincourt, Blenheim to Austerlitz, and Stalingrad to the fall of Baghdad, these moments are explained in terms of strategy without being clogged up with figures.' -- The Field 'Well produced, clear and engaging ... a great introduction to the key world battles' -- The Good Book Guide
Jeremy Harwood studied history at Oxford, where he won an Open Exhibition and was awarded the Sir Keith Feiling Memorial Prize as the college's top history undergraduate of the year.