The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at 'the point of maximum danger'. It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away.
In his scrupulous reassessment of three battles, John Keegan vividly conveys their reality for the participants, whether facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the levelled muskets of Waterloo or the steel rain of the Somme.
“common soldier must fear his officer more than the enemy’: Frederick the Great)”
― John Keegan, The Face of Battle
Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan, OBE, FRSL was a British military historian, lecturer and journalist. He published many works on the nature of combat between the 14th and 21st centuries concerning land, air, maritime and intelligence warfare as well as the psychology of battle.
First edition in Folio Society. Hardcover. Illustrated light blue cloth covers. Colour plates, b&w illustrations and plans/maps. Slipcase present. Set in Plantin.
CONDITION: Good. Some rubbing to the edges of the spine and covers. Pages clean and unmarked. Slipcase in very good condition.