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This enthralling work of military history shows how the courage, intelligence, or simple good fortune of the individual can exert a decisive influence on the outcome of a battle or campaign. It tells the stories of15 unsung heroes, none of a rank higher than major, whose deeds changed the course of important battles and—arguably—the course of history.These vivid and grippi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Quercus
(first published December 31st 2007)
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Instances in which one man can be said to have had a pivotal role in a great battle. Sturmpionier, Pavlov's House, The Biplane and the Battleship and Truly, this Man is the New Noah were excellent while my two favourite chapters were The Bicycle Blitzkrieg and The Loose Cannon of Yom Kippur. Also liked the way each chapter was opened with an appropriate quote from Clausewitz's On War.