Face of Battle by John Keegan
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In many ways Military History has had a bad press in the past. It has been dominated by battle narratives, an obsession with the decisive battle and frankly poor writing. John Keegan's Face of Battle is none of these things. It was first published in 1976 and represents a new kind of Military History. Keegan looks in detail at three battles - Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme. However, rather than concentrating on the overall strategic concepts he looks instead at the experiences of the individual solider at the "point of maximum danger". Keegan's book marked a turning point in the way Military History was viewed and opened the door to a more modern interpretation of conflict that examines aspects beyond the traditional approach of looking at commanders and the role of grand strategy.
The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme