The Face of Battle

Paperback $17.00

Jan 27, 1983 | 368 Pages

Ebook $13.99

Jan 27, 1983 | 368 Pages

  • Paperback $17.00

    Jan 27, 1983 | 368 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Jan 27, 1983 | 368 Pages

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“The most brilliant evocation of military experience in our time”
—C.P. Snow

“In this book, which is so creative, so original, one learns as much about the nature of man as of battle.”
—J.H. Plumb, The New York Times Book Review

“This without any doubt is one of the half-dozen best books on warfare to appear in the English language since the end of the Second World War.”
—Michael Howard, The Sunday Times

“A totally original and brilliant book”
The New York Review of Books

Table Of Contents


Chapter I: Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things

A Little Learning
The Usefulness of Military History
The Deficiencies of Military History
The “Battle Piece”
“Killing No Murder?”
The History of Military History
The Narrative Tradition
Verdict or Truth?

Chapter 2: Agincourt, 25 October 1415

The Campaign
The Battle
Archers versus Infantry and Cavalry
Cavalry versus Infantry
Infantry versus Infantry
The Killing of the Prisoners
The Wounded
The Will to Combat

Chapter 3: Waterloo, 18 June 1815

The Campaign
The Personal Angle of Vision
The Physical Circumstances of Battle
Categories of Combat
Single Combat
Cavalry versus Cavalry
Cavalry versus Artillery
Cavalry versus Infantry
Artillery versus Infantry
Infantry versus Infantry
The Wounded

Chapter 4: The Somme, 1 July 1916

The Battlefield
The Plan
The Preparations
The Army
The Tactics
The Bombardment
The Final Preliminaries
The Battle
Infantry versus Machine-Gunners
Infantry versus Infantry
The View from across No-Man’s-Land
The Wounded
The Will to Combat

Chapter 5: The Future of Battle

The Moving Battlefield
The Nature of Battle
The Trend of Battle
The Inhuman Face of War
The Abolition of Battle



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