20th Century Battlefields

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This is the story of the most intense and bitterly fought battles of the twentieth century, and their lasting impact on the world.

From Amiens in the First World War to the First Gulf War in 1990-1, each of the battles featured in this book marked a turning point in military history. This high-octane, gripping narrative, punctuated by powerful eyewitness testimony brings to life the experience of these monumental wars. Political journalist Peter Snow and military historian Dan ...

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Overview

This is the story of the most intense and bitterly fought battles of the twentieth century, and their lasting impact on the world.

From Amiens in the First World War to the First Gulf War in 1990-1, each of the battles featured in this book marked a turning point in military history. This high-octane, gripping narrative, punctuated by powerful eyewitness testimony brings to life the experience of these monumental wars. Political journalist Peter Snow and military historian Dan Snow reveal how these battles were shaped not just by distinct military commanders but by the men fighting on the front line, whether the apocalyptic terrain of the Western Front or the hidden guerrilla tunnels of Vietnam.

What were the key factors that swayed the course of victory? Was it sheer grit and determination, military intelligence or strategic initiative? To answer these questions the authors take us into the heat of the action when the battles were poised on a knife edge and split-second decisions determined their outcome.

Looking back at the most violent century in history, The World’s Greatest Twentieth Century Battlefields examines the challenges facing armed forces in the future. Richly illustrated with archive photographs and over 40 detailed maps, this compelling and often shocking account recreates the landscape of warfare.

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“A gripping account . . . told with insight, a keen sense of drama and the benefit of a good deal of fresh interview material.” — Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University.
Library Journal
BBC journalist Peter Snow and his son, historian Dan Snow (coauthors, Battlefield Britain) discuss eight battles here: Amiens (1918), Midway (1942), Stalingrad (1942), Imjin River (1951), the Tet Offensive (1968), the Yom Kippur War (1973), the Falklands (1982), and the Gulf War (1990–91). Focusing on the most striking war sites, they select conflicts that they believe had an impact on the course of history: if any had turned out differently, so would have the 20th century (the Falklands saved Margaret Thatcher's career, in case you're wondering). Of the eight, Amiens and the Imjin River are the two least known; the former marked the beginning of the last campaign of World War I and the latter involved British troops in Korea. Sharp narrative and the use of new eyewitness reports make this a welcome addition to any shelf of battle compendiums. It is a companion volume to a BBC documentary by the Snows. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846072864
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,048,600
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN’s Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979, and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. Dan Snow has a first-class degree in History from Oxford. In 2004, father and son presented the highly acclaimed Battlefield Britain and wrote the accompanying book.
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