A plain-English guide to Britons in battle, from the Roman invasion to the ongoing Iraqi war Charging through the Britain's military past, this accessible guide brings to life the battles and wars that shaped the history of Britain-and the world. The book profiles commanders, explains strategies and tactics, and covers key developments in weaponry and technology.
Introduction. Part I Ancient and Medieval Warfare. 1 Small Islands With Lots of Clout. 2 Swords, Sandals, and Geometry: The Romans. 3 Arthur, Alfred, and Aethelstan: The Dark Ages. 4 The Hard Knight’s Day: The Norman Conquest and Medieval Period. Part II The Arrival of Gunpowder. 5 With Pike and Shot: Renaissance Warfare. 6 Hearties versus Gloomies: The English Civil Wars. 7 Founding a Regular Army: The Late Seventeenth Century. Part III Wars of Succession, Independence, and Revolution. 8 O’er the Hills and Far Away: Marlborough Country. 9 Risings and Rebellions. 10 French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1). 11 French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (2). Part IV Nineteenth Century Wars. 12 Little Wars, Big Wars and Imperial Expansion. 13 The Crimean War. 14 Rebels, Rajahs, and a Rani: The Indian Mutiny. 15 There’ll Be A Few Changes Round Here!. 16 “Boots, Boots, Boots, Boots, Marchin’ Over Africa”. Part V The First World War. 17 Hangin’ In The Old Barbed Wire: The Western Front 1914 and1917. 18 Storm Troopers And Tank Attacks: The Western Front 1918. 19 Turkey, With All the Trimmings. Part VI The Second World War (and Beyond). 20 Phoney War, Panzers, and Miracles. 21 The Middle East and North Africa 1940 and 43. 22 One Bloomin' Ridge After Another: The Italian Campaign 1943 and 45. 23 Normandy and North West Europe. 24 The Far East 1941-1945. 25 Operations 1945 - 2006. Part VII The Part of Tens. 26 Ten Great Generals. 27 Ten Great Military Museums. 28 Ten Great Battles.
"a ‘who, what, when, where and why’ of military events in Britain from the Romans to the present day." (Family Tree Magazine, September 2007) "Although the chapter titles and subtitles are jokey, the content is solidly descriptive...a very useful one-volume reference book." (Ancestors, November 2007)
Bryan Perrett served with the Royal Armoured Corps, the 17th/21st Lancers, the Westminster Dragoons, and the Royal Tank Regiment and has written more than 50 books on military history.
The birth of a kingdom and the blooming of empire,world-wide wars, and twenty-first century conflicts: British Military History For Dummies tells the complete story of a nation at battle. Introducing the key developments in weaponry and technology – from longbow to long-range missile – this guide also explains the evolution of battlefield strategy and looks at the army commanders who became the heroes and villains of Britain’s history.
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