Throughout time, violent battles and bloody clashes have changed the course of history and shaped nations or empires. Battles of annihilation are rare, but ever since antiquity a stunning victory on the battlefield, even if it has failed to win the war, has captured the imagination of many. The battle of Cannae in 216BC, where Hannibal destroyed an entire Roman army, has become legend, inspiring generations of military thinkers to discuss and imitate this feat. Usually written off as incidents of luck, some argue that it is not possible to completely destroy the enemy, although historic engagements have proved that annihilating the opponent can be achieved, at least on a tactical level. In this book Mir Bahmanyar examines battles of annihilation throughout history, some well known, others less so, but all equally extraordinary, to discover what sets these engagements apart, whether they achieve a decisive strategic advantage in war, and why there are fewer battles of annihilation in modern times.
About the Author
Mir Bahmanyar received his BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Subsequently, he joined the US Army, serving with the 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a machine-gunner and training non-commissioned officer. Mir also created www.suasponte.com, a website chronicling the history of the American Ranger. He is a feature film producer and screenwriter, recently completing the film Soldier of God (www.soldierofgod.net). He lives in Los Angeles. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments /Introduction /Cannae, 216 BC /Zama, 202 BC /The Teutoburger Forest, 9 AD /Adrianople, 378 /Pliska, 811 /Hattin, 1187 /Nördlingen, 1634 /Jena-Auerstedt, 1806 /The Alamo, 1836 /Jugdulluck, 1842 /Camerone, 1863 /Little Big Horn, 1876 /Isandlwana, 1879 /Operation Dingo, 1976 /Grozny, 1994 /Qala-i-Jangi, 2001 /Conclusion /Notes /Bibliography /Index