Saul David is a bestselling novelist, television presenter, and one of the leading military historians today. His major history of the British soldier is due in February 2012. He has just finished filming a three-part series for BBC4 on the history of military logistics called Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How Wars are Really Won. He has also written on the Indian Mutiny, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Victoria’s Wars. He teaches at Buckingham University.
“Hurray, boys, we’ve got them!” General Custer reportedly told his troops before the Battle of Little Bighorn. As this shrewd, controversial book shows, military disaster comes in many forms, except, in hindsight, the unexpected.
Here leading military historian Saul David surveys the six major mistakes that generals have often made through history. His book both vividly describes some of the worst military blunders perpetrated over the last two thousand years and analyzes the psychological and tactical factors at play to show why these disasters occurred.
Some of the disastrous historical campaigns include Custer's Last Stand, Hitler at the Siege of Stalingrad, the Second Crusade, the Battle of Antietam, the Somme Offensive, and the Fall of Singapore. The new edition is also updated to take in the added blunders that have occurred in the last decade: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.