Great Military Disasters Epub ó Great Military MOBI

Great Military Disasters Epub ó Great Military MOBI

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  1. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    Overconfidence Bad luck Complacency Ineptitude Inferior technology Gross stupidity Adverse weather Poor ground These are all fairly good reasons for the calamities of war highlighted in this book It's not a collection of all the military disasters of all time but it's a good selection chosen for specific causesIt begins in 1125 BC at Mount Tabor the Canaanites versus the Israelites When Sisera the Canaanite prince started to force the Hebrews into servitude war became inevitable The new arrivals had a devotion to just one god Jehovah and their austere creed gave them a fierce willpower to reject the overseers The Canaanites had controlled the area for some time and thought a war would be uickly won Sisera and his army believed they were the predators when in fact they turned out to be the prey As Napoleon would later state The moral is to the physical as three is to oneThere is the Roman Army debacle at Teutoburger Wald in 9 AD The German hordes tricked the cocky Romans into an ambush and it was nearly the end of Rome's territorial ambitions 20000 men were annihilated their bones still being found years later The few who were captured alive were sacrificed to the German pagan gods The lesson here was poor leadership uintilius Varus being accustomed to the pleasures of leisure than of war OopsMost readers of history know of the 1812 Moscow campaign that started with Napoleon's great hopes and ended with the loss of 500000 men dead or captured The few who made it back to France were mere skeletons defeated as much by the Russian winter as by war itself When Tsar Alexander I stated Winter will fight on our side he knew Mother Nature was to be a true allyThere are disasters including three in World War I alone ineptitude ineptitude ineptitude For me the revelation was the battle of Dien Bien Phu when the Viet Cong took down the French in 1954 Among the Vietnamese it would be remembered as a great victory Among the French it would be remembered as la cuvette the 'toilet bowl' Never underestimate an enemy especially if that enemy is fighting on home ground for a moral causeThis book definitely worked for me I am not especially knowledgeable about historic battles so the selections and explanations were uite succinct It's not a huge book of a coffee table type look at war Easy to read with plenty of pictures and photographs and chapter boxes that focus on particular issues Book Season Year Round attack like a tiger

  2. Luis Lopes Luis Lopes says:

    Relata as fazes das batalhas onde os MandantesReis Generais Imperadores Etc acham ue é batalha ganha e por uestões de temporaisTempo ou descuido e incompetência lavam à morte de milhares de vidasSoldados e sua derrota Este livro leva mos a reflectir o ue é a guerra deve ser evitada a todo o custo mas há tempos em ue a guerra é inevitávelCaso da II Guerra Mundial

  3. Adrian D Adrian D says:

    Filled with facts and some great uotes and anecdotes but not easy to relate or interpret Pictures maps and timelines would have have added to readability

  4. Owen Jones Owen Jones says:

    Generally a good book as it gives a summation of 20 military disasters History has rather than that and it would be difficult to cover them all in the space of a single book It is a very readable book as the author has a chatty style and covers the human side of disaster fairly well with uotes from the participants One chapter is devoted to each battle and includes the prelude to the battle the battle itself and a summation of what happened The ostensible goal of the battle is described as well as in some cases the participants actual reason for fighting where known The reasons for failure above and beyond the usual ones for every battle is a failure for one side and a success for the other are given and also the conseuences in tactical or strategic terms The personalities of the main players are also set out as it is often the case that personality is the cause of misjudgmentIt suffers from one glaring omission and that is the absence of maps It is difficult to follow the description of which group went where and why they might have taken longer than expectedInteresting inclusions in his list are Mount Tabor taken from the bible account Little Big Horn significant for the effect on the American psyche rather than the death toll which was fairly minor and Dien Bien Phu a modern battle that can still be remembered by many living todayI don't agree with all of the inclusions in the book Some disasters like Isandhlwana should not really be considered disastrous given the fairly small death toll Some disasters like the Dieppe Raid were not included despite having a significant and one sided death tollIt should be noted and the author did note it that every disaster for one side is a great victory for the other Reading about great victories does not always inform in the same way that reading about great defeats does as there is to be learned from failure than from successI would recommend the book for those wanting an overview of military disasters but the lack of maps prevents me from giving it 4 stars

  5. Bart Bart says:

    Interessante geschiedenisverhalen maar het verhaal zelf kon een stuk beter en begrijpbaarder met wat illustraties en schema's Bv Verdun's geografische ligging de verschillende fronten en de evolutie ervan in de tijd maken de situatie veel vatbaarder en inzichtelijker In die zin vind ik Belaagd en Belegerd iets beter Vertaling ook niet altijd top Een nipte 3 ster

  6. Paul Barron Paul Barron says:

    Very informative and easy to read interesting to see the evolution of warfare from Hannibal through the Middle AgesBannockburnCrecy and The Somme Stalingrad The one issue with this book is it would have benefited from a few maps to give a better picture of the battlefields

  7. Muta Enock Baisi Muta Enock Baisi says:

  8. Lorenz Lorenz says:

    this book is very good Very informative

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Great Military Disasters [Reading] ➼ Great Military Disasters By Julian Spilsbury – Military history is overflowing with successful campaigns by celebrated commanders Less well known are the wartime tragedies of incompetence miscalculation and misfortune that have dishonored the name Military history is overflowing with successful campaigns by celebrated commanders Less well known Great Military MOBI :Ú are the wartime tragedies of incompetence miscalculation and misfortune that have dishonored the names of once proud generals wasted the lives of thousands of soldiers and resulted in the loss of precious territory and powerFrom the carnage at the Battle of Mount Tabor in BC to the humiliating French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in Julian Spilsbury chronicles the most disastrous military operations of all time Why did Napoleon fail to conuer Moscow in Which generals were responsible for such shocking losses on the battlefields of WWI And what prevented Hitler's th Army panzers from capturing StalingradA host of factors can lead to military disaster In at the Battle of Little Bighorn General Custer's th Cavalry paid the price of his overconfidence and complacency suffering a shocking defeat by the largest gathering of Native American warriors ever witnessed At Tannenberg in technological ineptitude and bad luck spelled disaster for the Russians when the interception of an un coded message led to German victory and General Samsonov's suicide Detailed here are absorbing accounts of how the misguided actions of just a few men be it through arrogance ignorance or gross stupidity brought about the downfall of some of history's greatest armiesAccompanied by eyewitness uotations and dramatic illustrations Great Military Disasters is both an absorbing overview of the world's major conflicts and an intriguing study of military incompetence of the gravest kind.

  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Great Military Disasters
  • Julian Spilsbury
  • English
  • 19 January 2015
  • 9781435124455