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The Hutchinson atlas of battle plans : before and after
Holmes, Richard, 1946-2011.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

Physical Description:
xv, 237 pages : maps ; 26 cm
General Note:
"This edition first published in the UK 1998"--T.p. verso.
The classic ploys: Cannae 216 BC, the double envelopment / Sean KcKnight; Chancellorsville 1863, the flank attack / Ian Hogg; The second battle of Alamein 1942, the proper application of overwhelming force / Niall Barr -- Surprise: Crécy 1346, surprise against the odds / Matthew Bennett; Cambrai 1917, the new invention / Lloyd Clark; Blitzkrieg 1940, the shock of surprise / Sean McKnight -- Misunderstanding: Waterloo 1815, the limits of enterprise / Niall Barr; Balaklava 1854, the misunderstood order; Gallipoli 1915, too many commanders / G. D. Sheffield -- Mission impossible: Kunersdorf 1759, the failure of reconnaissance / Tim Bean; The first day of the Somme 1916, the great illusion / Lloyd Clark; The battle of the bulge 1944, progressive unreality / Stephen Badsey -- Understanding the enemy: Austerlitz 1805, underestimating Napoleon? / Tim Bean; Isandlwana 1879, dividing your forces / Edmund Yorke; Singapore 1942, the impregnable fortress / Duncan Anderson -- Narrow margins: Gettysburg 1863, the high tide of the confederacy / G.D. Sheffield; The first battle of Ypres 1914, the narrowest margin / Stephen Badsey; Crete 1941, the defeat of both sides / Ian Hogg.
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D25 .H88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Under the general editorship of the late John Pimlott of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a dozen distinguished English military scholars have compiled an interesting reference book. From historical battle plans, they have identified six significant lessons that they consider timeless in that they are not affected by modern technology and tactics. The six lessons are "Classic Ploys," "Surprise," "Misunderstanding," "Mission Impossible," "Underestimating the Enemy," and "Narrow Margins." To illustrate each lesson, there are three battles, chosen from the times of ancient Greece through World War II. For example, the "Classic Ploys" chapter covers the topics of double envelopment, flank attack, and overwhelming force, using the battles of Cannae (216 B.C.), Chancellorsville (1863), and the Second Battle of Alamein (1942), respectively. The chapter "Surprise" covers surprise against the odds, new inventions, and the shock of surprise, with the battles of Crecy (1346), Cambrai (1917), and the Blitzkrieg (1942). Each chapter is arranged in the same format. There is a famous quotation from a military leader and a brief introduction. For each of the selected battles, there are also a military quotation and an introduction, followed by a discussion of the background, battle plans, and people involved. There is a small locator map for each battle and two half-to full-page battle maps illustrating the battle plan and outcome. Assisting users of these maps is a key showing geographic points, military units, and movements. A sidebar lists the commanding officers of each side, troop strengths, casualties, and critical moments. The discussion ends with an assessment of the results of the battle and a short bibliography listing three to six books. An examination of the bibliographies showed a preponderance of British titles with many current copyright dates. Rounding out the reference is an index, which is poorly designed and is difficult to use. There are several excellent specialized atlases and histories that provide detailed battle plans, such as The West Point Atlas of American Wars [RBB Ja 1 & 15 1996]; but nothing that is comparable to The Hutchinson Atlas of Battle Plans: Before and After. The Hutchinson work will be popular with war-game and military enthusiasts, and libraries may wish to acquire circulating as well as reference copies. Academic, public, and some high-school libraries should consider this volume for their collections.