By Richard Overy
Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke photos of significant triumph and both nice discomfort, moments while historical past looked as if it would dangle within the stability. thought of on the subject of one another, such battles--and others of much less instant renown--offer perception into the altering nature of armed wrestle, advances in expertise, shifts in approach and proposal, in addition to altered geopolitical landscapes. The most major army engagements in historical past outline the very nature of struggle. In his latest e-book, Richard Overy plumbs over 3,000 years of heritage, from the autumn of Troy in 1200 BC to th. Read more...
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There were defections to Octavian as morale declined. Antony’s decision to base himself at Actium had been a mistake, but Octavian exploited this misjudgement to the full by avoiding a pitched battle and relying on attrition. Unable to bring his strength to bear against an evasive enemy, Antony decided that his only option was to try to C HAPTER 1 38 break out of the Gulf and fight his way through Agrippa’s blockade. He concealed his intention from his already demoralized army and when a strong northwest wind arrived on 2 September 31 bce, Antony ordered his fleet, now reduced to no more than 170 vessels, out of the Gulf and into the open sea.
Crude though the fighting was, William’s victory rested on solid military understanding and bold leadership. NO. 6 BATTLE OF ZHONGDU 1215 T here are few military leaders in world history with a more elevated reputation than the Mongol tribesman Temüjin, better known to history as Genghis Khan, or Chingghis Khan. Conqueror of half of Asia, his name became a byword for military ruthlessness and competence. No ambition was more vaunted or, in the end, more successful than his conquest of the vast northern Chinese Empire of the Jurchen Jin in the first decades of the thirteenth century.
In the early summer, the huge Ottoman army, followed by herds of cattle, flocks of sheep, wagon trains of supplies and thousands of camp followers, moved north from Thrace, reaching Belgrade in May (where the sultan stayed to await results). The army was commanded by the grand vizier himself, who moved northwards to encircle Vienna by 14 July 1683. Leopold and 80,000 Viennese fled westward to Linz to avoid Ottoman conquest, leaving Count Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg with 16,000 soldiers and militia and 370 cannons to defend Vienna against the siege.