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

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Penguin, 27 janv. 1983 - 384 pages
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John Keegan's groundbreaking portrayal of the common soldier in the heat of battle -- a masterpiece that explores the physical and mental aspects of warfare

The Face of Battle
is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

The Face of Battle is a companion volume to John Keegan's classic study of the individual soldier, The Mask of Command: together they form a masterpiece of military and human history.
 

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This is a classic of history. I've heard about it many times and always intended to read it. Finally did so this week. First he makes the case that typical accounts of military battles are lacking in ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Long introduction about the method of military history writing, where he makes a big point about the importance for the military historian of going into the details (and chaos) of battle and taking ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Old Unhappy Faroff Things
13
Agincourt 25 October 1415
78
Waterloo 18 June 1815
117
The Somme 1 July 1916
207
The Future of Battle
290
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Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012), was one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians and was for many years the senior lecturer at Sandhurst (the British Royal Military Academy) and the defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London). Keegan was the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War, and was a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature.

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