A history of war in 100 battles by Richard Overy

By Richard Overy

Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke pictures of significant triumph and both nice ache, moments whilst background looked as if it would dangle within the stability. thought of when it comes to one another, such battles--and others of much less speedy renown--offer perception into the altering nature of armed strive against, advances in expertise, shifts in process and idea, in addition to altered geopolitical landscapes. The most Read more...


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It was completed after his death. The actual battlefield can still be seen on a sloping field below the abbey. Earl of Wessex (in southwest England), who had no direct blood ties to the royal line, but was a tough and successful warrior. In the space of less than a year, he faced two separate invasions by claimants who did have royal blood, and believed that the throne belonged to them. In September 1066, the king of Norway, Harald Hardrada (‘hard ruler’), invaded northeast England with a large Viking army, determined to wrest control of the kingdom; less than a month later, a Norman army under William landed in the south, driven by the same ambition.

Within five years, he had confronted the Persian Empire and its wide network of satrapies (governors) in Anatolia, the coastal communities along the eastern Mediterranean littoral and in Egypt. He seems to have been an instinctive battlefield commander, though aware of the lessons to be drawn from triumphs of the past and the strategic practices of his father. In 333 bce, he inflicted a heavy defeat on the Persian emperor at the narrow coastal plain around Issus in northern Syria, but failed to capture him.

His body was dredged out and decapitated, and his head displayed on a lance as Constantine marched on into the city. The extent to which Constantine’s army fought and won because of his vision is open to debate. His forces won notable military successes in northern Italy without the aid of divine inspiration, but with an astute and experienced commander to guide them. It is not clear how Constantine himself interpreted LEADER SHIP 41 his vision, since he had previously claimed to see visions of pagan gods, particularly Apollo.

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