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Author Keegan, John, 1934-2012.

Title The face of battle / John Keegan.

Published Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1978.

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 UniM Bail  355.48 KEEG    AVAILABLE
Physical description 364 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Notes Previous ed.: London: Cape, 1976.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things 13 -- A Little Learning 13 -- Usefulness of Military History 20 -- Deficiencies of Military History 25 -- 'Battle Piece' 35 -- 'Killing No Murder?' 45 -- History of Military History 53 -- Narrative Tradition 61 -- Verdict or Truth?' 72 -- Chapter 2 Agincourt, 25 October 1415 78 -- Campaign 78 -- Battle 86 -- Archers versus Infantry and Cavalry 92 -- Cavalry versus Infantry 94 -- Infantry versus Infantry 97 -- Killing of the Prisoners 108 -- Wounded 112 -- Will to Combat 114 -- Chapter 3 Waterloo, 18 June 1815 117 -- Campaign 121 -- Personal Angle of Vision 128 -- Physical Circumstances of Battle 134 -- Categories of Combat 144 -- Single Combat 145 -- Cavalry versus Cavalry 147 -- Cavalry versus Artillery 151 -- Cavalry versus Infantry 154 -- Artillery versus Infantry 160 -- Infantry versus Infantry 162 -- Disintegration 195 -- Aftermath 197 -- Wounded 200 -- Chapter 4 Somme, 1 July 1916 207 -- Battlefield 207 -- Plan 213 -- Preparations 216 -- Army 219 -- Tactics 229 -- Bombardment 231 -- Final Preliminaries 241 -- Battle 246 -- Infantry versus Machine-Gunners 247 -- Infantry versus Infantry 251 -- View from across No-Man's-land 259 -- Wounded 268 -- Will to Combat 274 -- Commemoration 285 -- Chapter 5 Future of Battle 290 -- Moving Battlefield 290 -- Nature of Battle 301 -- Trend of Battle 303 -- Inhuman Face of War 320 -- Abolition of Battle 331.
Summary 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.
Subject Battles.
Military history.
ISBN 0140048979