Moment of Battle

Moment of Battle

The Twenty Clashes That Changed the World

eBook - 2013
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aTwo modern masters of military history make their case for the twenty most pivotal battles of all time, in a riveting trip through the ages to those moments when the fate of the world hung in the balance. -- American Midway, the ferocious World War II sea battle that broke the back of the Japanese navy Dien Bien Phu, the climactic confrontation between French imperial troops and Viet Minh rebels that led to American intervention in Vietnam and marked the rise of a new era of insurgent warfare Operation Peach, the perilous 2003 mission to secure a vital bridge over the Euphrates River that would open the way to Baghdad Historians and armchair generals will argue forever about which battles have had the most direct impact on history. But there can be no doubt that these twenty are among those that set mankind on new trajectories. Each of these epochal campaigns is examined in its full historical, strategic, and tactical context--complete with edge-of-your-seat you-are-there battle re-creations. With an eye for the small detail as well as the bigger picture, Lacey and Murray identify the elements that bind these battles together: the key decisions, critical mistakes, and moments of crisis on which the fates of entire civilizations depended. Some battles merely leave a field littered with the bodies of the fallen. Others transform the map of the entire world. -- "Two world-class historians present, eloquently and persuasively, twenty battles that fundamentally changed the course of history. -- --James D. Hornfischer, author of Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780345526991
0345526996
Characteristics: 1 online resource (478 p.) : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Murray, Williamson

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SEBoiko
Apr 24, 2014

The invasion of Iraq is even now demonstrating the hallmarks of a battle that will one day be seen as a tipping point in history.

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SEBoiko
Apr 24, 2014

By ensuring that the war in the Pacific ended when it did, it allowed the Americans to exclude the Soviets from participating in the occupation of Japan.

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SEBoiko
Nov 13, 2013

... the British victory on the Plains of Abraham set the stage for the success of the American Revolution.

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SEBoiko
Nov 13, 2013

As in all wars, experience and discipline told.

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SEBoiko
Nov 13, 2013

As with horses, the courage of the elephant decides and not that of the master.

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SEBoiko
Nov 13, 2013

You know how to win a victory Hannibal, but not how to profit from it.

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SEBoiko
Oct 28, 2013

surrender or even a compromise was alien to Roman nature.

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SEBoiko
Oct 28, 2013

evidence indicates the Jesus was a Hellenized Jew ....

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SEBoiko
Oct 28, 2013

... much of Western culture and civilization is a result of the creation, survival, and later the spread of Hellenism throughout the Roman Empire.

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