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    DescriptionThis one-volume edition comprises both Richard Holmes' well-loved War Walks and War Walks 2. Dates such as 1066 and names such as Dunkirk often strike a chord of nostalgia, but the details of the historic events associated with them are forgotten. In The Complete War Walks Richard Holmes takes us on fascinating journey through time to visit twelve battlefields throughout Britain, Northern France and Belgium that mark crucial moments in Britain's bloody and turbulent history. From Hastings to Dunkirk, Agincourt to The Somme, Richard vividly recreates the atmosphere of these key battles in our history. With his expert knowledge of weapons and warfare and using specially commissioned maps, Richard Holmes provides a brilliantly clear picture of the events which led up to each battle, the conflicts themselves, and the people who fought them. Using practical 'views of the field', he travels the battlefields as they exist today, pointing out their places of interest, paying tribute to the men who fought there, and bringing history to life. This book focuses on a selection of battles, six fought in Britain - or, in one case, on a struggle that straddled the Channel. A further six are set in a few hundred square miles of northern France and southern Belgium, a space so confined that a single day's drive could take us across all our battlefields. Choosing the battles from a long list of potential candidates was far from easy, but a certain logic prevails. Battles that had far-reaching consequences, historically and politically, were brought to the forefront of the possible choices. In some cases, because of a battle's importance, it entered part of an enduring mythology that demands attention. There were other obvious considerations that favoured certain battles over others: battles that were particularly decisive, or ones that were well documented, or have battlefields that remain striking today. I shied away from some battles that had already been described so well in print or on film, that I felt there was nothing new to add. In the twentieth-century France: Hastings, Agincourt, Bosworth, Naseby, The Boyne, Waterloo, Mons and Le Cateau, the Somme, Arras, Dunkirk, the Blitz and Operation Goodwood.


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    Title
    The Complete War Walks
    Subtitle
    From Hastings to Normandy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 898 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780563487173
    ISBN 10: 0563487178
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ, JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    LC classification: D909
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS018000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009150
    DC22: 914.04559
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    Thema V1.0: JW, NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, WTL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDR
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    BBC BOOKS
    Publication date
    28 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London