Outnumbered: Incredible Stories of History's Most Surprising Battlefield Upsets

Outnumbered Incredible Stories of History s Most Surprising Battlefield Upsets Outnumbered but not Outmatched How did Hannibal s Carthaginians turn the tables on an strong force of the ancient world s most efficient military machine the Roman army What allowed

  • Title: Outnumbered: Incredible Stories of History's Most Surprising Battlefield Upsets
  • Author: Cormac O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9781592334056
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Outnumbered but not Outmatched How did Hannibal s 55,000 Carthaginians turn the tables on an 80,000 strong force of the ancient world s most efficient military machine, the Roman army What allowed 6,000 Englishmen to overcome 30,000 French at Agincourt in 1415 Which errors in judgment doomed a Russian army twice as large as its opposing German force at the Battle of TanOutnumbered but not Outmatched How did Hannibal s 55,000 Carthaginians turn the tables on an 80,000 strong force of the ancient world s most efficient military machine, the Roman army What allowed 6,000 Englishmen to overcome 30,000 French at Agincourt in 1415 Which errors in judgment doomed a Russian army twice as large as its opposing German force at the Battle of Tannenberg during World War I Author Cormac O Brien s powerful and vivid recreations of history s most surprising military victories illuminate the cunning strategies, secret weapons, fateful decisions, and changes of fortune that turned the tide of battle in the most extraordinary and unanticipated ways the risky Greek ruse that trapped the Persian Fleet at Salamis in 480 BCE the snowstorm that helped a Swedish force destroy a Russian army four times its size at the Battle of Narva in 1700 the newly introduced firearm that enabled 150 British soldiers to hold off an attacking horde of 4,000 Zulus at Rorke s Drift, Africa, in 1879.Even a commander as fearless, self assured, and battle hardened as Alexander the Great, leading 40,000 Macedonian troops, must have quailed at the sight that met him as he neared the village of Issus, Asia Minor, in 333 BCE an unexpectedly and unimaginably vast Persian force of some 100,000 men, spanning the Mediterranean coastal plain as far as the eye could see For warfare had already demonstrated, and has confirmed ever since, that numerical superiority consistently carries the day And yet, every once in a while, such lopsided engagements have had an unexpected outcome, and proved to be a crucible in which great leaders, and history, are forged Outnumbered chronicles fourteen momentous occasions on which a smaller, ostensibly weaker force prevailed in an epochal confrontation Thus, Alexander, undaunted, devised a brilliant and daring plan that disoriented and destroyed the Persian force and, consequently, its empire Likewise, during the U.S Civil War, Confederate General Robert E Lee, despite being outpositioned and outnumbered than two to one by Union forces at Chancellorsville, Virginia, hatched an audacious and surprise strategy that caught his enemy completely unawares Other equally unexpected, era defining victories are shown to have derived from the devastating deployment of unusual weaponry, sheer good fortune, or even the gullibility of an enemy, as when Yamashita Tomoyuki, commander of 35,000 ill supplied Japanese troops, convinced the 85,000 strong British Commonwealth army to surrender Singapore in 1942 Together these accounts constitute an enthralling survey that captures the excitement and terrors of battle, while highlighting the unpredictable nature of warfare and the courage and ingenuity of inspired, and inspiring, military leaders A thrilling tour of the battlefields of history, replete with dramatic encounters, sudden twists of fate, and intriguing character studies, Outnumbered demonstrates that, even when the odds seem insurmountable, the path to glory can still be found.

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    1. Almost everyone loves a story where people prevail against all odds. Cormac O’Brien explores this question as he explains how a military force that is facing a superior force either in numbers or guns shocked the world by winning an upset victory. O'Brien goes beyond the generalship to look at the topography and weather conditions. He looks at the morale and sheer determination and will to win that makes the difference. Mr. O'Brien examines some of the best know battles in all of history as we [...]


    2. A nice work examining battles where one side was outnumbered but triumphed.Examples? Issus: Alexander the Great versus the Persian horde. Badly outnumbered, but triumphant in the end. Or Chancellorsville: Robert E. Lee's seemingly foolish gambe dividing his force a couple different times--only to defeat Joe Hooker's Army of the Potomac. Cannae: Hannibal destroyed Roman forces. Other battles discussed: Agincourt, Carrhae, Rorke's Drift, Tannenberg.Pretty well written and enough detail to give the [...]


    3. The stories of history's most surprising battlefield upsets. A good selection of examples makes for an interesting read.


    4. The copy I read belongs to my brother; in fact, I bought it for him after seeing it in the Bargain Books section of That Big Bookstore. He left it on the coffeetable, I picked it up one day to kill a little time while waiting to do something else, and I got pulled right in. This is not a book you have to read in order; you can pick and choose, skip around as much as you want. Each battle is handled separately, so you don't miss anything by starting in the middle.I knew a little about almost all [...]


    5. Wow, a quarter of the book is given to references! I have noticed this right now that I was at 75% of the book! Boy, the indices are really long.Besides that, though the book is interesting, if a little brief. It contains a series, about ten, of battles quite famous and less famous. You will find most of the famous ones such as Cannae, or the battle of Agincourt, or Rorke's drift where notoriously the winer was severely undermanned and outnumbered.The descriptions are about 15-2o pages long for [...]


    6. Thoroughly EnjoyableA relatively quick read, like many books on history 30% is bibliography, notes, and an index, O'Brine does a nice job on these battles. Not only does he describe the conflicts, he identifies the main characters, the prevailing philosophies on war, and why the inferior army won. I found this a good page turner, with a comfortable writing style, and truly looked forward to reading it. Of course, it does help to be a fan of military history


    7. Great introduction to some great battles in history. The author does a good job not picking sides (for example he doesn't talk bad about the WWI German army just because they lost in the end), but instead just shows the battles for what they were. The author also did a good job of showing the common elements of an upset. Very enjoyable read.


    8. In the past I have read many Military History books. Over the last couple of years I have moved away from this topic. Spotted this book in the clearance section of my local book store and picked it up. Was a good reintroduction to the topic. I understand it was meant to be a very general overview of the battles covered, but I wish a little more detail had been given.


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