The Shape of Battle: Six Campaigns from Hastings to Helmand

The Shape of Battle: Six Campaigns from Hastings to Helmand

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Available From 14 October 2021
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Released October 7, 2021
ISBN 9781787632417

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One of our most distinguished military historians tells the story of six defining battles . . .

Every battle is different. Each takes place in a different context - the war, the campaign, the weapons. However, battles across the centuries, whether fought with sticks and stones or advanced technology, have much in common. Fighting is, after all, an intensely human affair; human nature doesn't change. So why were battles fought as they were? What gave them their shape? Why did they go as they did: victory for one side, defeat for the other?

In exploring six significant feats
of arms - the war and campaign in which they each occurred, and the factors that determined their precise form and course - The Shape of Battle answers these fundamental questions about the waging of war.

Hastings (1066) - everyone knows the date, but not, perhaps, the remarkable strategic background.
Towton (1461) - the bloodiest battle to be fought on English soil.
Waterloo (1815)- more written about in English than any other but rarely in its true
context as the culminating battle in the longest war in 'modern' times.
D-Day (1944) - a battle within a larger operation ('Overlord'), and the longest-planned and most complex offensive battle in history.
Imjin River (1951) - this little known battle of the Korean War was the British Army's last large-scale defensive battle.
Operation Panther's Claw (2009) - a battle that has yet to receive the official distinction of being one:
an offensive conducted over six weeks with all the trappings of 21st-century warfare yet whose shape and face at times resembled the Middle Ages.

The Shape of Battle is not a polemic, it doesn't try to argue a case. It lets the narratives - the battles - speak for themselves.

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Allan Mallinson

Allan Mallinson was a soldier for thirty-five years, serving first with the infantry and then the cavalry.

He began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of whose descendant regiments he commanded. It was followed by A Close Run Thing, the first novel in the acclaimed and bestselling series chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer, Matthew Hervey, before and after Waterloo.

His The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for several prizes, while his centenary history, 1914: Fight the Good Fight – Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War won the British Army's Book of the Year Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War.

Allan Mallinson also writes for The Times, is history editor for Unherd.com and reviews for the TLS and the Spectator. He lives on Salisbury Plain.

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