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British Military History for Dummies 1st Edition

British Military History for Dummies 1st Edition

A plain–English guide to Britons in battle, from the Roman invasion to the ongoing Iraqi war Charging through the Britain′s military past, this accessible guide brings to life the battles and wars that shaped the history of Britain–and the world. The book profiles commanders, explains strategies and tactics, and covers key developments in weaponry and technology.

Introduction

Part I - Ancient and Medieval Warfare

Chapter 1. Small Islands with Lots of Clout

Chapter 2. Swords, Sandals, and Geometry: The Romans

Chapter 3. Arthur, Alfred, and Aethelstan: The Dark Ages

Chapter 4. The Hard Knight's Day: The Norman Conquest and Medieval Period

Part II - The Arrival of Gunpowder

Chapter 5. With Pike and Shot: Renaissance Warfare

Chapter 6. Hearties versus Gloomies: The Civil Wars

Chapter 7. Founding a Regular Army: The Late Seventeenth Century

Part III - Wars of Succession, Independence, and Revolution

Chapter 8. O'er the Hills and Far Away: Marlborough Country and Beyond

Chapter 9. Risings and Rebellions: Jacobites and Americans

Chapter 10. Revolting Frenchmen, The Grand Old Duke, and Boney: The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Chapter 11. Wellington Boots the French Out: The Peninsula to Waterloo

Part IV - Nineteenth-Century Wars

Chapter 12. Britain's Little Wars: Imperial Expansion

Chapter 13. Helping Turkey Fight the Bear: The Crimean War

Chapter 14. Rebels, Rajahs, and a Rani: The Indian Mutiny

Chapter 15. Home and Away: Reorganisation, Re-Equipment, and More Trouble in India

Chapter 16. Boots, Boots, Boots, Boots: Marchin' Over Africa

Part V - The First World War

Chapter 17. 'Hangin' On the Old Barbed Wire': The Western Front, 1914-1917

Chapter 18. Storm Troopers and Tank Attacks: The Western Front, 1918

Chapter 19. Turkey With All the Trimmings: The Middle East and Beyond, 1914-1918

Part VI - The Second World War (and Beyond)

Chapter 20. Phoney War, Panzers, and Miracles: The Outbreak of the Second World War

Chapter 21. Sun, Sand, Sea, and Tanks: The Middle East and North Africa, 1940-1943

Chapter 22. One Bloomin' Ridge After Another: The Italian Campaign, 1943-1945

Chapter 23. Beachheads and Bridges: Normandy and Northwest Europe, 1944-1945

Chapter 24. Welcome to the Jungle: The Far East, 1941-1945

Chapter 25. Around the World in 60 Years: Operations 1945-2006

Part VII - The Part of Tens

Chapter 26. Ten Great British Generals

Chapter 27. Ten Decisive Battles in British Military History

Chapter 28. Ten British Military Museums Worth Visiting