- 320 pages
- Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters And the Generals Behind Them
- James M. Perry
- 21 June 2018 James M. Perry
Spanning Great MilitaryKindle #211than two hundred years of martial adventurism, aggression, and outright blundering, Arrogant Armies chronicles the profoundly misguided and utterly calamitous military expeditions of the great empire builders and overconfident expeditionary forces From colonial America to South Africa, from Mesopotamia to Khartoum, an extraordinary number of presumably superior armies grievously underestimated native forces Using contemporary newspaper accounts, military memoirs, diaries of soldiers who fought in the battles, and other firsthand letters and papers, noted journalist Arrogant ArmiesPDFEPUB James Perry brings a sense of urgency and immediacy to these historic defeats At times devastating, at times hilarious, his vast panoramaof human folly is peopled by frightened soldiers, zealous native resistance, and, of course, a colorful gallery of arrogant, often inept, officers Many of them received their ultimate comeuppance in these battles Generals Edward Braddock, Charles MacCarthy, William R Shafter, Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, Charles Chinese Gordon, William George Keith Elphinstone, Manuel Fernandez Silvestre, and Armies Great MilitaryPDFEPUB #193many others What is most remarkable about Arrogant Armies is the cumulative power of these ironic encounters Black humor, brutality, staggering incompetence, and genuine drama come together with devastating force In Arrogant Armies, Perry casts a sharply critical eye on what he describes as the small wars, what Kipling called the 'savage wars of peace' It is fascinating history and a compelling commentary on politics and the dark side of the human races deadly preoccupation with war.