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Battlegrounds : geography and the history of warfare

Author: Michael Stephenson
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, ©2003.
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Explores the critical role of geography in thirty-eight battles from twenty-five centuries of armed combat, discussing how different geographical features have influenced the outcomes of historic battles.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Stephenson
ISBN: 0792233743 9780792233749
OCLC Number: 52347848
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 287 pages : color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Robert Cowley --
Editor's note / Michael Stephenson --
1. PLAINS: Alexander at Issus, Turkey, 333 B.C. / Matthew Bennett ; A good day to die, the Little Big Horn, Montana, 1876 / Bryan Perrett ; The end of the beginning, El Alamein, Egypt, 1942 / Bryan Perrett --
2. VALLEYS: Death ride, Balaklava, Russia, 1854 / Ian Castle ; Jubal Early in the Shenandoah, Cedar Creek, Virginia, 1864 / Gary Gallagher --
3. RIVERS: Alexander at the Hydaspes, India, 326 B.C. / Matthew Bennett ; Crossing the Berezina, Russia, 1812 / Philip Haythornthwaite ; "A drop too many," Arnhem, Holland, 1944 / Peter A. Huchthausen --
4. ISLANDS: Crusaders' last stand, the Great Siege of Malta, 1565 / Bryan Perrett ; Out of the blue, Crete, Greece, 1941 / Will Fowler ; Sulfur Island, Iwo Jima, 1945 / Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.) --
5. WOODS AND FOREST: The massacre of the legions, Teutoburg Forest, Germany, A.D. 9 / Bryan Perrett ; Into the wilderness, Chancellorsville, 1863 / Gary Gallagher ; Devil dogs, Belleau Wood, France 1918 / Agostino von Hassell --
6. COASTS: Beachhead victory, Marathon, Greece, 490 B.C. / Matthew Bennett ; Buried on the beaches, Gallipoli, 1915 / Peter A. Huchthausen ; A bloody brawl, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 1943 / Agostino von Hassell --
7. HIGHGROUND: HILLS, MOUNTAINS, RIDGES: The chosen few, Masada, Israel, A.D. 73-74 / Matthew Bennett ; "Fix bayonets," the Little Round Top, Gettysburg, 1863 / Gary Gallagher ; The Canadians' great assault, Vimy Ridge, France, 1917 / Nigel Cave ; Haunted highlands, "Bloody Nose Ridge," Peleliu, 1944 / Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.) ; Crown of thorns, Monte Cassino, Italy, 1944 / Stephen Badsey ; Frozen Chosin, North Korea, 1950 / Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.) ; Jungle highlands, the Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968 / Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.) --
8. DESERT: A desert storm. Omdurman, Sudan, 1898 / Bryan Perrett ; Fire storm: Desert saber, Kuwait/Iraq, 1991 / Will Fowler --
9. JUNGLE: New Guinea nightmare, Buna, Papua, New Guinea, 1942-43 / Eric Bergerud ; Find, fix, and destroy, the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, 1965 / Eric Bergerud --
10. PASSES: Leonidas' last stand, Thermopylae, Greece, 480 B.C. / Matthew Bennett ; The blooding, Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, 1943 / Bryan Perrett --
11. BAYS AND HARBORS: Ambush in the straits, Salamis, Greece, 480 B.C. / Matthew Bennett ; Nelson at the Battle of the Nile, Egypt, 1798 / Philip Haythornthwaite ; "Damn the torpedoes," Admiral Farragut at Mobile Bay, 1864 / Gary Gallagher --12. PENINSULAS: "The world turned upside down," Yorktown, Virginia, 1781 / Ian Knight ; The battling bastards, Bataan, Philippines, 1941-42 / Michael Stephenson --
13. THE GEOGRAPHY OF HELL: "The abomination of desolation," Passchendaele, Belgium, 1917 / Stephen Badsey ; "They shall not pass," Verdun, France, 1916 / Stephen Badsey ; City of the dead, Stalingrad, Russia, 1942-44 / Will Fowler.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Stephenson ; introduction by Robert Cowley.
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An analysis of the way in which terrain affects how battles are fought and ultimately how it impacts history provides essays on historical conflicts complemented by vintage and modern maps.  Read more...

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