The fifteen decisive battles of the world, from Marathon to Waterloo, Volume 2

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

A classic I read with interest when young. To me it has some interesting period references --Creasey still feared a French invasion of Britain in the mid-19th century, for instance. Read full review

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I read this in December of 1944, when I was a junior in hgih school, and was enthralled by the accounts of the 15 battles. On 8 Dec 1944 I said to myself: ": "Read about battles of Arbela, Metaurus ... Read full review

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Page 255 - This article is inadmissible in every extremity ; sooner than this army will consent to ground their arms in their encampment, they will rush on the enemy, determined to take no quarter.
Page 255 - Burgoyne to Great Britain, upon condition of not serving again in North America during the present contest...
Page 220 - Westward the course of empire takes its way ; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day — Time's noblest offspring is the last.
Page 102 - In that memorable year, when the dark cloud gathered round our coasts, when Europe stood by in fearful suspense to behold what should be the result of that great cast in the game of human politics, what the craft of Home, the power of Philip, the genius of Farnese could achieve against the islandqueen, with her Drakes and Cecils, — in that agony of the Protestant faith and English name.
Page 284 - Quite alone, and left to myself, I rode away on the heights to the left, and could plainly survey the favourable position of the French : they were standing in the form of a semicircle, in the greatest quiet and security ; Kellermann, on the left wing, being the easiest to reach .... I...
Page 48 - ... bold, and of noble carriage. In the front of the battle where the Normans thronged most, he came bounding on swifter than the stag, many Normans falling before him and his company. He rushed straight upon a Norman who was armed and riding on a...
Page 242 - While resolute recruits, accustomed to the use of firearms, and all partially trained by service in the provincial militias, were thus flocking to the standard of Gates and Arnold at Saratoga, and while Burgoyne was engaged at Fort Edward in providing the means for the further advance of his army through the intricate and hostile country that still lay before him, two events occurred, in each of which the British sustained loss and the Americans obtained advantage, the moral effects of which were...
Page 180 - I know the danger, yet a battle is absolutely necessary, and I rely on the bravery and discipline of the troops, which will make amends for our disadvantages.
Page 224 - The time will therefore come when one hundred and fifty millions of men will be living in North America,* equal in condition, the progeny of one race, owing their origin to the same cause, and preserving the same civilization, the same language, the same religion, the same habits, the same manners, and imbued with the same opinions, propagated under the same forms. The rest is uncertain, but this is certain ; and it is a fact new to the world — a fact fraught with such portentous consequences as...
Page 192 - In sixtyfour years she has advanced her frontier eight hundred and fifty miles towards Vienna, Berlin, Dresden, Munich, and Paris ; she has approached four hundred and fifty miles nearer to Constantinople ; she has possessed herself of the capital of Poland, and has advanced to within a few miles of the capital of Sweden*, from which, when Peter the First mounted the throne, her frontier was distant three hundred miles. Since that time she has stretched herself forward about one thousand miles towards...

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