Military History Reference Books
|Dictionary of Weapons and Military Terms|
|HASTINGS to CULLODEN
Battles of Britain
|The MEDIEVAL WARHORSE
From BYZANTIUM to the CRUSADES
|WAR for AMERICA
The FIGHT for INDEPENDENCE 1775-1783
|The WEST POINT ATLAS of AMERICAN WARS
*** Volume I, 1689-1900 ***
During the early part of the third century BC, the Carthaginians were competing with Rome for the domination of the Mediterranean. Matters came to a head when Carthage surrendered Sicily to Rome and with it the strategic and commercial command of the Mediterranean. The Carthaginians, already with a foothold in north-west Africa, at once sought to rebuild their fortunes in the western Mediterranean by developing Spain as a replacement for their now diminished empire. As architect of this policy they appointed Hamilcar Barca, a well-tried and popular military commander, who was killed in battle before he could complete his task. He was eventually succeeded by his son, Hannibal (247-182 BC), who, according to the Creek historian Polybius, seized 'the opportunity to prove only too clearly the hatred of Rome which he had inherited from his father’.
In 218 BC, Hannibal, with some 90,000 men, 12,000 horses and 37 elephants, began the historic march on Rome which carried him over the Pyrenees into Gaul, across the waters of the Rhine and through the ice and snow of the high Alps, which he crossed in a mere fifteen days. Sixteen years later, despite many victories in the field, Hannibal had still not achieved his purpose, and was compelled to withdraw to North Africa in a vain attempt to save Carthage from yet another defeat at Roman hands. He failed, and Rome was set firmly on her path to empire.
In Hannibal's War, John Peddie re-examines the purpose of the campaign and suggests that, rather than the destruction of Rome, Hannibal's aim was the re-conquest of Sicily. He examines the doubtful role of the war elephant, throws new light on the factors which influenced Hannibal's choice of route over the Alps and casts a critical military eye over the prolonged campaign he pursued in Italy directed at Rome's vulnerable grain supply. In his assessment of the campaign, peddle argues that Hannibal's war was lost at sea, in the coastal shipping lanes of Carthage, Italy and Spain, and provides a challenging reevaluation of the Carthaginian’s generalship.
How was it that a man so often described by historians as a military genius and a brilliant tactician could have plunged so deeply into a situation in which he was, almost inevitably, to fail!
With its compelling narrative sweep, incisive military judgement and many new insights into one of the most famous campaigns in history, Hannibal's War will appeal to all those interested in military and Roman history. The illustrations include specially commissioned maps and photographs which allow the reader to retrace Hannibal's epic journey.
JOHN PEDDIE OBE, MC, is a retired regular infantry soldier. His previous publications include The Roman War Machine, Conquest: The Roman Invasion of Britain, and Alfred: The Good Soldier, which was commended by the British Army Review as a 'masterly disentangling of the king's campaigns'.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~7-7/8" by ~10-5/8" (portrait); ~7/8" thick; 232 pages; no tears or folds in pages; binding fully intact. Book and dust-jacket are in very-fine "NEW" condition.
Dictionary of Weapons and Military Terms
As ultimate arbiters of power, accompaniments to age-old rituals of courage and loyalty, or embodiments of developing technology, weapons and weapons systems have always exercised a unique fascination over men's minds. The implements of war have left their mark on human culture and are as much a part of human history as the tools of agriculture and industry.
This dictionary provides a comprehensive record of the significant weapons developed over the centuries by armies all over the world. It is a singular reference that will be welcomed by students, professional military men, hobbyists, and connoisseurs alike for its breadth of coverage, conciseness, and authoritative definitions.
Whatever your level of interest, you will be fascinated by the definitions and details in such areas as...
Every service is well covered, and definitions have been painstakingly researched to ensure accuracy. Pistols, rifles, automatic weapons, armored vehicles, aircraft, warships, edged weapons, artillery and much more are fully
catalogued, as are the military terms and expressions relating to the use of weapons, military tactics, and military history.
More than 1200 illustrations supplement the text, elaborating and emphasizing crucial distinctions. Convenient alphabetical listing and substantial cross-indexing allow efficient referencing of individual terms.
No other book on the market today offers such all-inclusive coverage and detail. Collectors and veterans will spend many pleasant hours browsing through this verbal and pictorial museum. Historians, writers, model builders, and students of military affairs will find the Dictionary of Weapons and Military Terms an essential and long-needed reference.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~8-1/2" by ~11-1/4" (portrait); ~1-1/2" thick; 515 pages; no tears or folds in pages; binding fully intact; minor shelf-scuffing and wear, mainly to dust-jacket. Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise good to very-good condition.
This classic survey by two of Britain's foremost military historians looks in detail at all the major campaigns and battles to have taken place on British soil since the Norman Conquest.
The accounts of individual battles and campaigns, including Hastings, Bosworth, Flodden, Edgehill, Naseby, Dunbar and Culloden, are linked by short descriptions of changes in arms and tactics so as to give a continuous outline of the development of the art of war and of the resources available to the military commanders from the Conquest to 1746. Equal attention has been paid to both the cause of each action and to the conditions under which the soldiers fought. Wherever possible, the authors have drawn on contemporary documents and sources, and wherever available, eyewitness accounts are quoted, giving a fresh and authoritative account of each battle of interest to both the general reader and military historian. The book closes with up-to-date notes, provided by The Battlefields Trust, on visiting the battlefield sites today.
Illustrated throughout with battle-plans and sketch-maps as well as contemporary depictions, and written in a clear and accessible manner, this book is an essential companion for all those with an interest in the military history of Britain.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~6-3/8" by ~9-1/2" (portrait); ~1" thick; 294 pages, no tears or folds; binding fully intact. Book and dust-jacket are in fine to very-fine "NEW" condition.
Little specialized attention has previously been paid to horses in the medieval period. When it has, it has usually been limited to a very narrow time-span and has dealt mainly with animals used by the upper classes, and, even more narrowly, the heavy warhorse or destrier. This study breaks new ground in addressing the whole spectrum of the medieval warhorse in all its varieties - its origins, its nature and its uses; for the first time it allows us into its stable and environment, to learn how it reacted, how it was bred, raised, doctored and fed, the nature of its training, and its value, both monetary and practical.
In telling the story of the warhorse from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Crusades, the author looks at the horses of the several nations that shaped the Middle Ages. As well as the legacy left by the Romans there were strong influences from many different equestrian traditions, including those of the steppe nomads, the Sassanid Persians and the Arabs, along with later influences from Hungary's Magyar tradition and the Turkish and Mongolian peoples. The west learnt relatively late how to utilize this mobile weapon and it learnt as a direct result of these eastern influences.
The infrastructure supporting these animals was no less important, and is also reviewed here. Despite the earlier flush of Creek and Roman treatises, veterinary science in the west made scant advance until the thirteenth century. In the east, however, the Arabs had a long tradition of more advanced veterinary science, and attention is given to this significant area.
The book is based upon a wealth of research among contemporary documentary, archaeological and pictorial sources, and much of the evidence has been subsequently tested through field trials. Profusely illustrated, the book is a fascinating survey of the role and importance of the warhorse as it emerged from the Roman and Byzantine eras and took its place as an essential element in the military campaigns of medieval Europe.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~7" by ~10" (portrait); ~5/8" thick; 204 pages, no tears or folds; binding fully intact. Book and dust-jacket are in fine to very-fine "NEW" condition.
This new and informative study of the American War of Independence examines the reasons why Britain failed to retain the Thirteen Colonies in a revolt that owed as much to disagreements over the nature of the colonial bond as it did to specific colonial grievances. This decisive conflict led to momentous changes which reverberated around the English-speaking world. The assumption that American victory was inevitable is questioned, while it is argued that had the British been more successful it might have been possible to negotiate peace at an earlier stage and on terms more advantageous to Britain. To suggest that British defeat was inevitable appears less obvious if the difficulties facing the Americans ate considered. The book concentrates not on the reasons for the revolution, although these are considered fully, but on the military position, placing due emphasis on strategic problems and on what was militarily practicable given the vastness of the country and the difficulties in communications. Americans, both Revolutionaries and Loyalists, English and French commanders found themselves facing formidable tasks without the necessary resources to confront adequately an unpredictable and volatile situation.
The work is divided into two sections. The first is a thematic examination of the major issues presented by the conflict, which, in contrast with most struggles within pre-revolutionary Europe, was more political, bitter and decisive, and the second is a chronological study of the events of the revolution. Each year of the war is examined to ensure that both the famous incidents of the conflict - Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Charleston, Yorktown - and those not so well chronicled by history are discussed and placed in the context of the revolution as a whole.
Drawing on recent scholarship and archival research in American and British collections, the author presents an original and absorbing analysis of the War for America. Illustrated with a wealth of contemporary engravings, cartoons, documents and paintings, and with clear, instructive maps, it is written in an accessible manner designed for the general reader, but based on sound academic research for those with a particular interest in this period in history.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~7" by ~9-7/8" (portrait); ~3/4" thick; 268 pages, no tears or folds; binding fully intact. Book and dust-jacket are in very-fine "NEW" condition.
Prepared by the Department of Military Art and Engineering of the United States Military Academy, The West Point Atlas of American Wars is the first volume in the definitive military history of American combat. Originally published in 1959, this classic work was unavailable for many years. Military scholars and readers of history alike have eagerly awaited this new edition, which features revised maps and text, a new foreword by General John Galvin, a new bibliography, and new reproductions of each of the 158 three- and four-color maps.
The atlas covers every campaign in the Colonial and Revolutionary Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. More than ninety percent of the book is devoted to the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history.
The West Point Atlas of American Wars does more than just illustrate the battles of American land forces. Unlike maps found in other atlases, the renderings in these volumes are not static illustrations of positions but dynamic depictions of the movements of forces from day to day (and sometimes hour to hour). The theme is developed in the maps, while the corresponding narrative further describes and explains the situations pictured. Maps and text are placed side by side, allowing the reader to easily follow the entire course of a campaign or battle in detail without any loss of continuity. While the maps are grouped according to campaign areas, the reader may also use the atlas by following the chronology charts and referring to the appropriate battles.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~10-5/8" by ~13-1/4" (landscape); ~1-1/8" thick; over 150 pages of text, over 150 pages of maps; no tears or folds; binding fully intact; very-very-light storage/shelf-scuffing (mainly to dust-jacket). Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise very-fine "NEW" condition.
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