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The Face of Battle
The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme | John Keegan
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Military historian John Keegans groundbreaking analysis of combat and 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 best military historian of our generation. Tom Clancy
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The Treaty of Bretigny concluded Edward III's campaign of conquest, marked the end of the 1st phase of the Hundred Year's War, and it marked the height of English power on the continent.
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"Soldiers die in largest numbers when they run, because it is when they turn their backs to the enemy that they are least able to defend themselves....Men fight...from fear: fear of the consequences 1st of not fighting, then of not fighting well."
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rsteve388 Please use the #TIL hashtag 4mo
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"Disciplined bodies of 'civilized' soldiers...always best undisciplined bodies of barbarians. Yet barbarians, man for man, are fiercer fighters than civilized soldiers."
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"No military institution of which we have detailed, objective knowledge has ever been given the monumental, marmoreal, almost monolithic uniformity of character which classical writers conventionally ascribe to the Legions."
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"While Caesar is writing particular history, Thucydides is writing general history, by every test a more useful, a more difficult and a more illuminating form of art."
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"The Roman defeat at Cannae that helped to precipitate the First World War....it was probably Caesar who most influenced the way in which military history was written from the Renaissance onwards."
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"Two of the most important military reformers of the late 16th & early 17th centuries, Maurice of Nassau & Gustavus Adolphus."
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rsteve388 Is this a TIL? Like your other quotes? 4mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Sure, if it gets me more points. 4mo
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"The typical 'battle piece', w/its reduction of soldiers to pawns, its discontinuous rhythm, its conventional imagery, its selective incident & its high focus on leadership, is cast.... Modern historiography, like modern warfare, began with the Renaissance."
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Here's my 1st #NFNov bingo post for the month! This is what #Nonfiction book I'm currently reading.
I'll be posting more nonfiction books that are in my #TBR stack throughout the month.
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"The study of war is also a study of human free will."

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"[For] the interests of many states are often involved in the collisions of but a few."

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"Battle history, or campaign history, deserves a similar primacy over all other branches of military historiography. It is in fact the oldest historical form, its subject matter is of commanding importance, and its treatment demands the most scrupulous historical care."

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"Combine analysis with narrative - the most difficult of all the historian's arts."

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Starting this #Nonfiction book on #military history. What it's like for the common soldier who has to face the enemy in a life-and-death struggle.

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There cannot be any hard and fast rules. But there can be suggestions and useful analogies. The most useful, to my mind, is that of the difference between the English and French judicial systems... The character of these two different legal approaches is usually defined as ‘accusatorial‘ (English) and ‘inquisitorial‘ (French) respectively.

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