Sunday, 31 March 2013

Books: Military Blunders

Just a quick book recommendation today. I have had The Guinness Book of Military Blunders by Geoffrey Regan on my shelf for some 15 years or so, a gift from my father, and I have read it cover to cover countless times. For those that are unaware of this truly excellent book I will elaborate.

The book contains a myriad of Military Blunders committed by various commanders, of various nations armies predominantly from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. The content is very well presented and deals with errors of all types from the stupid, through to a failure to plan and supply forces in the field.

Each "Blunder" is very well presented with supporting pictures or drawings where possible. This is a very easy to read book, and the way each section is presented means you can easily open a page read for half an hour and then put it down again. The content is nicely written and has a story quality to its writing meaning it does not become bogged down in figures, statistics or unnecessary information.

I highly recommend this book to those with even a passing interest in Military History as it provides a fascinating insight into that subject many commanders so often gloss over, Defeat, and the causes of it.

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