How to Lose a Battle: Foolish Plans and Great Military Blunders
A remarkable compendium of the worst military decisions and the men who made them.
The annals of history are littered with horribly bad military leaders. These combat incompetents found amazing ways to ensure their army's defeat. Whether it was a lack of proper planning, miscalculation, ego, bad luck, or just plain stupidity, certain wartime stratagems should never have l...more
The author is slightly presuming to know a lot about how a battle should be conducete and where the faults were, but foreknowledge is a difficult thing to manage.expecially in hindsight.
The book honestly does not a ...more
I was not surprised to find that most of these battles were western-centric though I would have liked to know the criteria for choosing a battle to write about. I mean could the Battle of Marathon not also be included?
Some battle descriptions seemed to drag ...more
Most of the contributions are written by Fawcett and generally pretty objective, though some of the chapters by other authors are of variable quality, especially the one on the 6-day war which falls woefully short of being an objective analysis.
The book is heavily US-oriented in that it includes some very minor US events while ...more
This book made me realize that many pivotal points in history were decided by unforseen details. A general choosing to march his troops too far; a misplaced map; an overconfident officer -- these are the factors that often shape our history.