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Battle Story

Battle Story: Hastings 1066

Author: Jonathon Trigg

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

In 1066 a foreign invader won the throne of England in a single battle and changed not only the history of the British Isles but of Christendom, for ever. Harold Godwinson's army, exhausted from their victory against an invading Norwegian Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the north, and his navy, scattered by storms, could not hold back William of Normandy. But would the invasion have succeeded if the two armies had met on equal terms? Author and ex-Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment Jonathan Trigg brings a soldier's eye to the story to explain the precise circumstances of the conflict and the reasons for the outcome. The Battle of Hastings is in fact a tactical lesson in the use of all arms: Harold's forces consisted entirely of infantry. William had the best cavalry in Europe, perhaps the world, heavily armoured and armed with lance and shield. He also had crossbowmen, never before seen in England. This been gives a clear, concise account of the Battle of Hastings and the events that influenced it, supported by a timeline of events and orders of battle. Over fifty images illustrate the events during this momentous campaign. This paperback book has 160 pages and measures 20 x 12 x 1cm

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Battle Story: Bosworth 1485

Author: Mike Ingram

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

The Battle of Bosworth was a defining moment in English history, as the Houses of Lancaster and York clashed in the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses. The death of King Richard III and the crowning of Henry Tudor as king of England marked the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and the beginning of the Tudor reign. If you want to truly understand this momentous battle – read Battle Story.

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Battle Story: Waterloo 1815

Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

On 18 June 1815 the armies Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, each of approximately equal strength, faced one another in southern Belgium to fight one of the most decisive battles in history, while elements of a third, Prussian, army sought to reach the field in time to turn the tide in favour of the Allies. On the outcome of Waterloo hung the fate of Napoleon’s renewed bid to impose French rule over Europe.

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Battle Story: Somme 1916

Author: Andrew Robertshaw

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

One of the bloodiest conflicts in military history, the Battle of the Somme raged from 1 July to 18 November 1916. It has come to signify for many the waste and bloodshed of the First World War as hundreds of thousands of men on all sides lost their lives fighting over small gains in land. If you want to understand what happened and why – read Battle Story.

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Battle Story: El Alamein 1942

Author: Pier Paolo Battistelli

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

The Second Battle of El Alamein marked a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. El Alamein saw two of the greatest generals of the war pitted against each other: Rommel and Montgomery. Through key profiles and a chapter devoted to ‘The Armies’ Battle Story: El Alamein explores what made these men inspired leaders and what led to their respective defeat and victory. Montgomery’s success ensured that the Axis army was unable to occupy Egypt and therefore gain control of the Suez Canal or the Middle Eastern oil fields, thereby preventing a major source of income and power for them. The background and impact of the battle are explored in separate chapters, so offering the reader a clear insight into why what happened in this remote part Egypt was so central to the Allied cause.

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Battle Story: Goose Green 1982

Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

The Battle of Goose Green was the first and longest land conflict of the Falklands War, which was fought between British and Argentine forces in 1982. The British forces, attacking over featureless, wind-swept and boggy ground, were heavily outnumbered and lacked fire support, but brilliantly defeated the Argentine garrison in a fourteen-hour struggle

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