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Outnumbered: Incredible Stories of History's Most Surprising Battlefield Upsets

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Outnumbered but not Outmatched. How did Hannibal's 55,000 Carthaginians turn the tables on an 80,000-strong force of the ancient world's most efficient military machine, the Roman army? What allowed 6,000 Englishmen to overcome 30,000 French at Agincourt in 1415? Which errors in judgment doomed a Russian army twice as large as its opposing German force at the Battle of Tan ...more
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Published May 1st 2010 by Fair Winds Press (MA)
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Jimmie Kepler
Mar 16, 2011 Jimmie Kepler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost everyone loves a story where people prevail against all odds. Cormac O’Brien explores this question as he explains how a military force that is facing a superior force either in numbers or guns shocked the world by winning an upset victory. O'Brien goes beyond the generalship to look at the topography and weather conditions. He looks at the morale and sheer determination and will to win that makes the difference. Mr. O'Brien examines some of the best know battles in all of history as well ...more
Steven Peterson
A nice work examining battles where one side was outnumbered but triumphed.

Examples? Issus: Alexander the Great versus the Persian horde. Badly outnumbered, but triumphant in the end. Or Chancellorsville: Robert E. Lee's seemingly foolish gambe dividing his force a couple different times--only to defeat Joe Hooker's Army of the Potomac. Cannae: Hannibal destroyed Roman forces. Other battles discussed: Agincourt, Carrhae, Rorke's Drift, Tannenberg.

Pretty well written and enough detail to give the
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Bruno Di Giandomenico
Wow, a quarter of the book is given to references! I have noticed this right now that I was at 75% of the book! Boy, the indices are really long.
Besides that, though the book is interesting, if a little brief. It contains a series, about ten, of battles quite famous and less famous. You will find most of the famous ones such as Cannae, or the battle of Agincourt, or Rorke's drift where notoriously the winer was severely undermanned and outnumbered.
The descriptions are about 15-2o pages long for
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Patrick
Oct 01, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to some great battles in history. The author does a good job not picking sides (for example he doesn't talk bad about the WWI German army just because they lost in the end), but instead just shows the battles for what they were. The author also did a good job of showing the common elements of an upset. Very enjoyable read.
Carolyn Bunkley
May 03, 2011 Carolyn Bunkley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, history students
Recommended to Carolyn by: my brother
The copy I read belongs to my brother; in fact, I bought it for him after seeing it in the Bargain Books section of That Big Bookstore. He left it on the coffeetable, I picked it up one day to kill a little time while waiting to do something else, and I got pulled right in. This is not a book you have to read in order; you can pick and choose, skip around as much as you want. Each battle is handled separately, so you don't miss anything by starting in the middle.
I knew a little about almost all
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Ralph Wark
Sep 23, 2014 Ralph Wark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly Enjoyable

A relatively quick read, like many books on history 30% is bibliography, notes, and an index, O'Brine does a nice job on these battles. Not only does he describe the conflicts, he identifies the main characters, the prevailing philosophies on war, and why the inferior army won. I found this a good page turner, with a comfortable writing style, and truly looked forward to reading it. Of course, it does help to be a fan of military history........
Edwin
Jan 05, 2014 Edwin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the past I have read many Military History books. Over the last couple of years I have moved away from this topic. Spotted this book in the clearance section of my local book store and picked it up. Was a good reintroduction to the topic. I understand it was meant to be a very general overview of the battles covered, but I wish a little more detail had been given.
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