By Richard Overy
Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke photographs of significant triumph and both nice soreness, moments whilst heritage appeared to dangle within the stability. thought of relating to one another, such battles--and others of much less fast renown--offer perception into the altering nature of armed strive against, advances in expertise, shifts in approach and inspiration, in addition to altered geopolitical landscapes. The most major army engagements in heritage outline the very nature of conflict. In his most modern ebook, Richard Overy plumbs over 3,000 years of background, from the autumn of Troy in 1200 BC to th. Read more...
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He did so effectively, pursuing them into the marshland. The schiltrons held, partly because the swampy ground hemmed in the English and made it difficult to deploy the foot soldiers behind. Then suddenly, at the height of the battle, Bruce led the islanders of Angus Óg MacDonald in a famous charge down the slope towards the English, screaming and waving their iron axes. Edward fled the field of battle to avoid capture, leaving a leaderless army which, scenting disaster, finally turned and ran, whereupon they were hunted down or drowned in the marshy ground.
Leader rather than for any great ideal, whether religious, political or national. This explains how fighters from very different ethnic or cultural or national communities, often pressed involuntarily into service, could still fight side-byside against the common foe. The battlefield was a community all of its own in which leaders of whatever kind played a decisive part in holding that community together. It is obvious in any history of battles that leadership is not a universal quality among military leaders, and many of those on the losing side were poor planners, with little grasp of the battlefield, were overconfident or arrogant in their assessment of the enemy, or were simply lacking in the necessary courage and optimism their forces needed.
The Anglo-Saxon line gave way, and small groups of housecarles rallied round their lords as the Norman wave washed over them. Harold and his brothers were killed, the king so mutilated by the hacking Norman swords that his body could only be identified later by his mistress. There was no concept of surrender and Harold’s surviving men could be butchered where they were found. Some 4,000 of the Anglo-Saxon army died at Hastings, 2,000 of William’s men. William marched north to London, where he was crowned king in Westminster Abbey.
A history of war in 100 battles by Richard Overy