By Richard Overy
Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke photographs of serious triumph and both nice discomfort, moments while heritage looked as if it would dangle within the stability. thought of on the subject of one another, such battles--and others of much less fast renown--offer perception into the altering nature of armed wrestle, advances in know-how, shifts in technique and suggestion, in addition to altered geopolitical landscapes. The most major army engagements in background outline the very nature of conflict. In his latest booklet, Richard Overy plumbs over 3,000 years of historical past, from the autumn of Troy in 1200 BC to th. Read more...
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The actual battlefield can still be seen on a sloping field below the abbey. Earl of Wessex (in southwest England), who had no direct blood ties to the royal line, but was a tough and successful warrior. In the space of less than a year, he faced two separate invasions by claimants who did have royal blood, and believed that the throne belonged to them. In September 1066, the king of Norway, Harald Hardrada (‘hard ruler’), invaded northeast England with a large Viking army, determined to wrest control of the kingdom; less than a month later, a Norman army under William landed in the south, driven by the same ambition.
Kara Mustafa Pasha did nothing to rush the capture of Vienna. Short of heavy artillery, and confident that there was no prospect of relief, he waited until his miners had breached the walls. This long delay allowed the Christian Holy League to mobilize its forces, prepare the campaign and march to the relief of the city. LEADER SHIP 57 The Polish-Lithuanian king John III Sobieski (1629–96) arrived at Vienna in September 1683 in time to defeat the besieging Ottoman armies. This print comes from The Gallery of Portraits with Memoirs by Arthur Malkin, published in London in 1833.
A year later, one of the four emperors, Galerius, attempted to overthrow the usurper, but without success. Then in 312, Constantine, a popular ruler in contrast to the brutal and untrustworthy Maxentius, C HAPTER 1 40 marched across the Alps at Susa to try his luck at capturing Rome, still regarded as the centre of the empire. His army captured Turin and Milan, won a battle at Brescia, then laid siege to Verona, where it defeated Maxentius’s leading general as he tried to flee. From a small force, Constantine’s army was augmented by deserters from Maxentius’s cause.
A history of war in 100 battles by Richard Overy