World famous battles from history
Battles That Changed History by DK PublishingThis illustrated guide to historys most famous battles explores military history from ancient battles to the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and beyond.
Featuring stunning illustrations and in-depth analysis, this military history book uses maps, paintings, and photographs to reveal the stories behind more than 90 of the most important battles ever to take place. From medieval battles and great naval battles to the era of high-tech air battles, key wars and campaigns are analyzed in detail--the weapons, the soldiers, the military strategy, and the fateful decisions that led to glorious victories and crushing defeats. Famous military leaders are profiled, including Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Rommel, and others, and crucial arms, armor, and equipment are explained.
Whether at Hastings, Gettysburg, or Stalingrad, Battles That Changed History takes you into the thick of combat and shows how kingdoms and empires have been won and lost on the battlefield throughout history.
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Sometimes a battle is just one blip in the war, and other times it can shift the course of history. From the rout at Marathon to the Siege of Stalingrad, here are some of the most epic and significant battles in history. In B. The Persians brought navy ships bearing 20, infantry and cavalry to Marathon to punish the ancient Greeks for supporting the Ionians, who had revolted against the Persians. Despite being outnumbered, the Greeks led a forward attack that caused the Persian army to panic and flee to their ships. More than 6, Persians were slaughtered — compared to less than of the Greeks, according to Herodotus. The battle also gave rise to the apocryphal story of Pheidippides, who supposedly ran the first marathon from Marathon to Athens to announce Greek victory, only to drop dead.
Between and , hundreds of brutal battles brought about the deaths of as many as 25 million soldiers not to mention tens of millions of civilians. The complete human toll of all the battles in all the wars fought in modern European and American history is truly unfathomable. Yet, amid all that carnage, a few crucial battles stand out and echo through history in hushed tones: Gettysburg, Stalingrad, and on and on. The combat raged between August and February , as Soviet and Nazi forces fought over a pivotal industrial city in the heart of Russia: Stalingrad. Over six months, the Nazis incurred heavy losses, with at least , killed and , captured at this one battle alone.