A page featuring selected quotes from this landmark military history book from 1976 on the reality of battle across the centuries, focusing on Agincourt, Waterloo and The Somme. The most brilliant evocation of military experience in our time. The book sets out to show what battles have really looked like. The result is utterly authentic. CP Snow, "The Financial Times".
The Face of Battle is a 1976 non-fiction book on military history by the English military historian John Keegan. It deals first with the structure of historical writing about battles, the strengths and weaknesses of the "battle piece," and then with the structure of warfare in three time periods-medieval Europe, the Napoleonic Era, and World War I-by analyzing three battles: Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, all of which involved English soldiers and occurred in approximately the same geographical area.
About The Face of Battle. Master military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare. The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the point of maximum danger. Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. In this book, which is so creative, so original, one learns as much about the nature of man as of battle.
I still think that the The Face of Battle is an excellent book. I have modified my opinion of Keegan as a historian somewhat though. I think he is somewhat overrated and he tends to simplistic British-centric judgements in his analysis of military history. Keegan jumps four hundred years of history to his next battle description, that of Waterloo between the Allied armies and the French under Napoleon on June 18, 1815. Waterloo was the culminating battle of over twenty years of continental warfare dating to the French revolution in 1789, it was to define an age and usher in era of European peace that would last for fifty years. His treatment of the Battle of Waterloo is roughly the same as his treatment of Agincourt though here he distinguishes between more weapon types than were present at Agincourt.
Bibliography: p. -343. Old, unhappy, far-off things - Agincourt, October 25, 1415 - Waterloo, June 18th, 1815 - The Somme, July 1st, 1916 - The future of battle. The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at 'the point of maximum danger'. It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away.
See a Problem? We’d love your help. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Why did they let the attack go on? why did they not stop one battalion following in the wake of another to join it in death? ― John Keegan, The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme.
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John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme. The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger. Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions. John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians.
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Instead of re-defining Professor Keegan's description, I think the 'battles' that he chooses to focus on are indicative themselves of the term as he uses it: Agincourt, Waterloo, and The Somme.