AMERICAN BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS: A Chronicle from 1622-2010

AMERICAN BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS: A Chronicle from 1622-2010

EDITED BY MICHAEL SPILLING    Book Number: 87556    Product format: Hardback

Raids and sieges, trench warfare and air campaigns, naval engagements and colonial wars: this book covers every major campaign and battle fought in the United States and by American forces. The guide is arranged chronologically and includes over 600 entries, ranging from the Pequot War of 1634, the 1770 Boston Massacre, the Battle of Yorktown, and the Confederacy?s invasion of the North at Gettysburg in 1863, to more recent history such as D-Day and the invasion of Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1991. Starting with the battle of Virginia Colony in 1622 when rapid expansion into Native American territory provoked a large-scale massacre by the Powhatan tribe, this book covers events of the American Civil War, such as the battle at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, the U-Boat War from 1939-1944 during the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII and conflict in Fallujah, Iraq from 7 November-23 December, 2004 when 2,200 US Marines launched Operation Vigilant Resolve to wrestle back control. This is not just a history of battle, but also an exploration of iconic American figures such as the last of Native American leader during the Native American Wars from 1791 to 1890, Chiricahua Apache Chief Geronimo, who resisted three campaigns and two generals' efforts to contain and catch him, General Douglas MacArthur who successfully isolated the Japanese force at Wewak during the battle of Hollandia on 22nd April 1944, and General Washington's iconic leadership including his belief of always leaving the army with opportunities either to withdraw or attack. Battles are played out for the reader through brilliant use of over 100 maps, whether looking at the placement of forces at the Second Bull Run on 29 August 1862 during the American Civil War, the course of carriers to Pearl Harbor in 1941, or tracing the movement of the French and British forces during the French-Indian Wars in 1755 and the end of the first day of Operation Overlord in 1944. Particularly brilliant additions are 25 photographs including the American M50 Ontos preparing for action in Vietnam, and Union troops waiting in a shallow trench during the siege of St Petersburg, where the battle consisted mostly of trench warfare. There are also specially annotated 3D depictions of iconic historical moments such as the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 and conflict at Guildford Courthouse on 15th March 1781, as well as paintings of George Custer and the men of the 7th Cavalry fighting superior Sioux and Cheyenne warriors on 25th June 1876 and Auguste Couder's 'Siège de Yorktown' with Generals Rochambeau and Washington pictured issuing their final orders plus the Alamo (1836). This is a colourful journey through the highs and lows of American battles and campaigns. 8½" x 11", colour images, index, 243pp.
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