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Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Them

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Spanning more than two hundred years of martial adventurism, aggression, and outright blundering, Arrogant Armies chronicles the profoundly misguided and utterly calamitous military expeditions of the great empire builders and overconfident expeditio... weiterlesen
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Titel: Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Them
Autor/en: James M. Perry

ISBN: 0471119768
EAN: 9780471119760
Sprache: Englisch.
JOHN WILEY & SONS INC

April 1996 - gebunden - 314 Seiten

Beschreibung

Spanning more than two hundred years of martial adventurism, aggression, and outright blundering, Arrogant Armies chronicles the profoundly misguided and utterly calamitous military expeditions of the great empire builders and overconfident expeditionary forces. From colonial America to South Africa, from Mesopotamia to Khartoum, an extraordinary number of presumably superior armies grievously underestimated native forces. Using contemporary newspaper accounts, military memoirs, diaries of soldiers who fought in the battles, and other firsthand letters and papers, noted journalist James Perry brings a sense of urgency and immediacy to these historic defeats. At times devastating, at times hilarious, his vast panorama of human folly is peopled by frightened soldiers, zealous native resistance, and, of course, a colorful gallery of arrogant, often inept officers. Many of them received their ultimate comeuppance in these battles: Generals Edward Braddock, Charles MacCarthy, William R. Shafter, Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, Charles "Chinese" Gordon, William George Keith Elphinstone, Manuel Fernandez Silvestre, and others.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Partial table of contents: General Edward Braddock and the French and Indian War (1745-1763). British and French Generals and Their Disastrous Efforts to Restore Slavery to Haiti (1791-1804). General Charles MacCarthy and the First Ashanti War (1824). Major General William George Keith Elphinstone and the First Afghan War (1839-1842). Major General Charles "Chinese" Gordon and the Fall of Khartoum (1884-1885). Major General William R. Shafter and the Spanish-American War (1898). Major General Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend and the Mesopotamian Campaign in World War I (1915-1916). Conclusion: American Mini-Disaster in Somalia (1993). Annotated Bibliography. Index.

Portrait

JAMES M. PERRY is Senior Political Writer for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of three books about American politics: Barry Goldwater: A New Look at a Presidential Candidate; The New Politics: The Expanding Technology of Political Manipulation; and Us & Them: How the Press Covered the 1972 Election. Mr. Perry lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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