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by Jon E. Lewis

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ISBN: 1854873857
ISBN13: 978-1854873859
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Author: Jon E. Lewis
Language: English
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd (September 1, 1995)
Pages: 498 pages
ePUB size: 1340 kb
FB2 size: 1655 kb
Rating: 4.2
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The Mammoth Book of Battles is a good way to get a broad look at some of the pivotal battles of the 20th century. There are 35+ battles covered in the book, starting with the Boer War and finishing with Desert Storm. It's interesting to track the development of warfare through this century as it becomes faster, more wide ranging, and lethal.You can get a sense of the shifts in military thinking as the book progresses towards the present; compare the Somme to Ia Drang for example.
Although the detail is by necessity sparing, there is enough to get a good look at some famous and some not so famous battles. The writing quality varies; some pieces are eyewitness accounts from journals, while others are by military historians. The best is the piece on Anzio by John Keegan, probably one of the best military historians out there today. The editor wrote the final piece on the Gulf War, which is unfortunately somewhat un-inspired, and looks like it was cribbed together from numerous news blurbs on the war. The editor also makes the mistake of calling the 82nd Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles", which is actually the moniker of the 101st Airmobile Division.
It's probably best to think of this book as a springboard for getting you looking into the battles covered in more depth.
If you are looking for an indepth analysis of the strategy and tactics of 20th century battles, then this book isn't for you. Instead, what this book does well is give an overview of some of the major battles in the 20th century. Some of the descriptions are better than others as the authors/sources vary, but in general this book is a good place to begin a study of modern combat. It gives a good reference point from which a more detailed study/investigation can be made via other sources.