Innovations in War that Changed History
Inventions and innovations in weapons, tactics or strategy have determined the outcome of certain wars throughout history. This book describes those innovations, the results, and the effects on subsequent history.
It answers such questions as: How did the Greeks, outnumbered 10-1, defeat the Persians? How did Alexander the Great’s Greek and Macedonian army, similarily outnumbered, conquer the Persian Empire? How did the early Romans, a land power, destroy Carthage, a land and sea power, with the Mediterranean in between? How could the outnumbered force of England’s King Edward II, composed mostly of bowmen, rout the French army that consisted mainly of armored knights? How could the Vikings raid so far inland that they terrorized all of Europe? How did American Civil War revolutionize warfare around the world? How did the United States overcome Japan’s naval superiority in World War II and ultimately triumph? How was Germany’s invincibility early in World War II neutralized and then overwhelmed?
The world today and its advances in freedom and democracy are a direct result of many of these unexpected victories.