The Face of Battle

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Penguin, 1978 - History - 364 pages
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"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 of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.
 

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User Review  - Liz Polding - Goodreads

This is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As an account of three historic battles, it is thorough and well-researched, but never clinical or inhumane. We see the action from the ground ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

John Keegan was military historian and Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme (1974) is an intriguing ... Read full review

Contents

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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