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Last stands : famous battles against the odds

Author: Craig Philip
Publisher: Greenwich, CT : Dorset Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the history of warfare, the last stand against overwhelming odds has interested the soldier, historian, student, and general reader alike. Hundreds of books, plays, films, and songs celebrate battles and sieges where outnumbered soldiers have stood fast against a vastly more powerful force. Most attention has been paid to actions where small groups of men made the cold-blooded decision to fight and die,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Philip
OCLC Number: 31153780
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 160 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Thermopylae 480 BC --
Acre 1191 --
Calais 1347 --
Agincourt 1415 --
Constantinople 1453 --
Malta 1565 --
Culloden 1746 --
Quebec 1759 --
Alamo 1836 --
Vicksburg 1863 --
Little Bighorn 1876 --
Rorke's Drift 1879 --
Khartoum 1884 --
Peking 1900 --
Verdun 1916 --
Okinawa 1945 --
Dien Bien Phu 1954 --
Index and Acknowledgements.
Responsibility: Craig Philip.

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"Throughout the history of warfare, the last stand against overwhelming odds has interested the soldier, historian, student, and general reader alike. Hundreds of books, plays, films, and songs celebrate battles and sieges where outnumbered soldiers have stood fast against a vastly more powerful force. Most attention has been paid to actions where small groups of men made the cold-blooded decision to fight and die, even when escape or surrender was possible, for such decisions have a resonance and fascination which echoes through the ages"--Page 6.

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