The Face Of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme

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Random House, Aug 31, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 336 pages
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The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: an imperishable account of the direct experience of individuals at 'the point of maximum danger'.

It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away.

In this stunningly vivid reassessment of three battles, John Keegan conveys their reality for the participants, whether facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the levelled muskets of Waterloo or the steel rain of the Somme.

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User Review  - Tim Hodkinson - Goodreads

John Keegan begins this work with an admission that he has not been in a battle. He also points out that that experience is something that most of the young men he teaches (at Sandhurst military ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

I thought the book The Face of Battle by John Keegan was very good for a war book. John Keegan described battles with such in depth sensory, and had me interested through each sentence i read. This ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

John Keegan is the author of several classic works of military history including The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, The Mask of Command, Battle at Sea, The Second World War and A History of Warfare.

For many years he was the senior lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was a Fellow of Princeton University, Delmas Distinguished Professor of History at VAssar and Defence Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He received the OBE, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list in 1999. John Keegan died in 2012.

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