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If history, in terms of warfare, is told from the side of the victor, then it is also very often told by the commanders. Rarely does the story of those who do most of the fighting - the footsoldier - come forward. This is their book, a tale of the 'poor bloody infantry' and what we glean of their lot from prehistory right through to World War I. Richard Osgood's new and refreshing approach looks in detail at the individual, his equipment, his killing capabilities, his lifestyle, his hardships, his recreation, his discipline, his humour and of course his death. "The Unknown Warrior" compares the life of the soldier across time and cultures, from Iron Age boats in Denmark, to tattooed Scythian warriors, to Masada, the mysterious Varus Legions which disappeared in Germany. It includes the great battles of medieval Europe - Agincourt, Visby, Towton - recent discoveries in English Civil War sites, Waterloo, the American Civil War, the wars of empire - the Zulu War, the Crimean, the Boer War - and World War I, which is still yielding up its secrets to archaeologists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750938105
ISBN-10: 0750938102
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Richard Osgood

Richard Osgood is an archaeologist working for South Gloucestershire. He is a specialist in the archaeology of war whose publications include 'Bronze Age Warfare' (Sutton 2000).

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