How to Win on the Battlefield

How to Win on the Battlefield

The 25 Key Tactics of All Time

  1. Rob Johnson
  2. Michael Whitby
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  • ISBN 9780500251614
  • 22.90 x 16.60 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • 113 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • including 28 battle plans
  • First published 2010
‘This excellent book should be read widely by today’s commanders’ – General Lord Guthrie, former Chief of the Defence Staff
‘A useful and timely reminder of the theory of tactics that have evolved during the long history of warfare.’– General Sir Michael Rose, former Adjutant General of the British Army and author of Washington’s War
‘A penetrating distillation of the … fundamentals of battle-winning tactics … as much essential reading for the student of war as for the corporate strategist.’ Commander Tim Ash, Royal Navy Head of Defence Studies
‘Original and innovative … both specialists and general readers will learn much from this treatment.’– Michael Neiberg, author of Fighting the Great War: A Global History

When the fighting begins, every commander, in any field of conflict, has to face the question of How to Win on the Battlefield.

This ground-breaking book examines, in a series of case studies, 25 of the key tactics that have achieved victory through the ages. Drawing on examples of battles from around the globe, on land, at sea and in the air, and across history, the authors reveal the enduring value of each tactic in clear and compelling descriptions and analysis.

Certain tactics have stood the test of time:
• General Robert E. Lee achieved a remarkable victory through an audacious flanking manoeuvre at Chancellorsville in 1863; the same bold move had been used over 600 years before by the king of France at Bouvines
• For the Parthian general Surenas at Carrhae in 53 BC and again for Kitchener at Omdurman in 1898, an overwhelming concentration of firepower ensured a decisive outcome
• Drawing the enemy led to victory both for Saladin at Hattin in 1187 and for the Russians against Napoleon in 1812.
• Allied armies seized and retained the initiative through the airborne landings in Normandy in 1944, and Soviet General Zhukov pierced enemy lines and penetrated in depth using Blitzkrieg tactics in Mongolia in 1939

Evocative photographs, illustrations and paintings, and a series of specially commissioned battle plans complete this detailed study of the most successful tactics of all time. Written by leading experts, How to Win on the Battlefield will prove indispensable reading for historians, military enthusiasts and business leaders.

The Authors
Rob Johnson, a former officer in the British Army with operational experience, is Lecturer in the History of War at Oxford University and Deputy Director of the Changing Character of War research programme. He is the author of several books, including Oil, Islam and Conflict and A Region in Turmoil: South Asian Conflicts since 1947.
Michael Whitby is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. His publications include The Cambridge Ancient History XIV, Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, AD 425–600 (as co-editor), Sparta and The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare (as co-editor), which received the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History.
John France is Professor Emeritus, Swansea University, and Director of the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict. Among his publications are The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom, 1000–1714, Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000–1300 and Victory in the East: A Military History of the First Crusade.