The face of battle

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Penguin,
Pub. Date:
1978.
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English
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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 of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme. Book jacket.
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display_description In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it-his fears, his wounds and their treatment, the mechanics of being taken prisoner, the nature of leadership at the most junior level, the role of compulsion in getting men to stand their ground, the intrusions of cruelty and compassion, the din and blood. Set battles, with their unities of time and place, may be a thing of the past, but this anatomy of what they were like for the men who fought them is an unforgettable mirror held up to human nature.
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subject_facet Agincourt, Battle of, Agincourt, France, 1415, Battles, Battles -- Europe, Europe -- History, Military, Military history, Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916, Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815
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title_full The face of battle / John Keegan, The face of battle [electronic resource] / John Keegan
title_short The face of battle
topic_facet Agincourt, Battle of, Agincourt, France, 1415, Battles, History, Military, Military history, Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916, Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815