This groundbreaking book examines battle tactics that have achieved victory through the ages. Drawing on examples of battles on land, at sea, and in the air, the authors reveal the enduring value of each tactic in clear and compelling descriptions and analysis.
How can you draw your enemy off-balance? When is the best moment to deliver a counterattack? What is the effect of shock action or defense in depth? This book shows how certain tactical concepts have stood the test of time. It illustrates how General Robert E. Lee, although heavily outnumbered, achieved a remarkable victory through an audacious flanking maneuver at Chancellorsville in 1863, and how the same bold move had been used effectively in Europe more than 600 years before by the king of France at Bouvines. It examines how Allied armies seized and retained the initiative through the airborne landings in Normandy in 1944, and how Soviet General Zhukov pierced enemy lines using Blitzkrieg tactics in Mongolia in 1939. The book features evocative photographs, illustrations, and paintings, and 28 specially commissioned battle plans.
Rob Johnson, a former officer in the British Army with operational experience, is Lecturer in the History of War at Oxford University. His previous books include Outnumbered, Outgunned, Undeterred, and (with Michael Whitby and John France) How to Win on the Battlefield.
Michael Whitby is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.
John France is Professor Emeritus, Swansea University, and Director of the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict.