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Acts of War
By Richard Holmes

Acts of War

The Behaviour of Men in Battle

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Acts of War by Richard Holmes

Book Description

This ambitious, wide-ranging, exhaustively researched book is a compelling attempt to grasp the very nature of war. It takes us through the soldier's experience in its entirety - from the humiliation of basic training and the intense comradeship of army life, to the terror, isolation and exhaustion of battle. What does it feel like to be in the firing line? How does killing change a man? And what do the extreme conditions of war reveal about a man's basic instincts, his courage or his fear, his urge for self-preservation or self-sacrifice? Covering several centuries of warfare, and including the personal recollections of veterans from two World Wars, from Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Arab-Israeli conflicts, Richard Holmes gives us a powerful picture of what motivates the soldier and enables him to maintain the struggle in conditions of extreme degradation and danger.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780297846680
ISBN-10: 029784668X
Format: Hardback
(245mm x 167mm x 42mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Weapon by Richard Holmes Weapon, Hardback (May 2016)

Charting the history of arms and armour worldwide, this title shows the evolution of weaponry from stone maces to machine-guns, and discover the brutal history of the warriors who wielded them. Drawing extensively on the treasures of the Royal Armouries Museum, it provides details the date, weight, size, and country of origin of these arms.

World War II the Definitive Visual Guide by Richard Holmes World War II the Definitive Visual Guide, Hardback (May 2015)

A visual history of the people, politics and events of the epic conflict that shaped the modern world, World War II. It helps you find out about key battles, political and economic forces, individual leaders and technological advances that influenced the course of the war.

Napoleonic Wars by Richard Holmes Napoleonic Wars, Hardback (March 2015)

Napoleon was the colossus of his age. He rose to become one of Revolutionary France's most successful generals, before being crowned Emperor in December 1804. This book tells the story of the Napoleonic Wars. It is illustrated throughout with paintings and documents which have been specially researched from museum collections around the world.

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Author Biography - Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes is the author of numerous books including The Firing Line, Soldiers and Riding The Retreat, published both in the UK and in North America. He is the author and presenter of the BBC War Walks series and their accompanying books. Another recent television series for the BBC and the History Channel is The Western Front, also accompanied by a bestselling book. Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal College of Military Science, Shrivenham and Britain's senior serving reserve officer.

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