The Resource Fatal victories, William Weir

Fatal victories, William Weir

Label
Fatal victories
Title
Fatal victories
Statement of responsibility
William Weir
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The fatal victory is a battlefield success which costs the victor the war. It is often a brilliant, smashing success, such as Hannibal's triumph at Cannae, celebrated for two millennia as the absolute masterpiece of military tactics. But as a victory it was fatal. Hannibal mistook the battle for the war, and as a result, Carthage was destroyed, utterly. The fatal victory is not a Pyrrhic victory, a tactical success where the "winner" loses by exhausting himself. Manifestly not Pyrrhic was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A triumph of conception, planning, and execution, it was achieved at virtually no cost. But it was fatal to Japan because tactics were based on xenophobic and racist assumptions. The enemy did not collapse, but fought back, incinerating the home islands
  • The fatal victory is one where battlefield success is achieved by an unwitting sacrifice of grand strategy or even war policy, and it has taken many forms over the years. Mr. Weir examines fourteen such episodes, from Cannae to Vietnam. From classical conflicts to the protracted wars of religion, to the world wars which began with Louis XIV and lasted until 1815, to, finally, the modern era with its civil wars, popular uprisings, and global conflicts, he shows which victories were fatal and why. An exciting storyteller as well as a thoughtful analyst, Mr. Weir invites readers to re-think the relationships of military tactics, strategy, and policy, in some of the world's greatest conflicts
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1928-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weir, William
Index
index present
LC call number
D25.9
LC item number
.W45 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Military history
  • Battles
  • Battles
  • Military history
  • Schlacht
  • Geschichte 216 v. Chr.-1973
Label
Fatal victories, William Weir
Link
https://archive.org/details/fatalvictories00weir
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Absolute Masterpiece 216 B.C., Cannae (Second Punic War) -- 2. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Hun? 451 A.D., Chalons (Attila's Invasion of Gaul) -- 3. What Happened at Hattin 1187, Hattin (Second Crusade) -- 4. The Blind Leading the Blind 1205, Constantinople (Fourth Crusade) -- 5. Mephistopheles and the Snow King 1632, Lutzen (Thirty Years War) -- 6. "My Enemies, Not My Children" 1709, Malplaquet (War of the Spanish Succession) -- 7. A Different Kind of War 1755, Fort Duquesne (French and Indian/Seven Years War) -- 8. Regulars and Rabble 1775, Bunker Hill (Revolutionary War) -- 9. "You Got Into Our Inwards" 1863, Chickamauga Creek (American Civil War) -- 10. Rabble and Regulars 1881, Majuba Hill (First Boer War) -- 11. The Bee's Sting 1914, Sarajevo (First World War) -- 12. Easter Egg 1916, Dublin (Easter Uprising) -- 13. A Single Miscalculation 1941, Pearl Harbor (Second World War) -- 14. The Year of the Monkey 1968, Vietnam (Vietnam War)
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780208023612
Lccn
92038210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27187744
  • (OCoLC)ocm27187744
Label
Fatal victories, William Weir
Link
https://archive.org/details/fatalvictories00weir
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Absolute Masterpiece 216 B.C., Cannae (Second Punic War) -- 2. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Hun? 451 A.D., Chalons (Attila's Invasion of Gaul) -- 3. What Happened at Hattin 1187, Hattin (Second Crusade) -- 4. The Blind Leading the Blind 1205, Constantinople (Fourth Crusade) -- 5. Mephistopheles and the Snow King 1632, Lutzen (Thirty Years War) -- 6. "My Enemies, Not My Children" 1709, Malplaquet (War of the Spanish Succession) -- 7. A Different Kind of War 1755, Fort Duquesne (French and Indian/Seven Years War) -- 8. Regulars and Rabble 1775, Bunker Hill (Revolutionary War) -- 9. "You Got Into Our Inwards" 1863, Chickamauga Creek (American Civil War) -- 10. Rabble and Regulars 1881, Majuba Hill (First Boer War) -- 11. The Bee's Sting 1914, Sarajevo (First World War) -- 12. Easter Egg 1916, Dublin (Easter Uprising) -- 13. A Single Miscalculation 1941, Pearl Harbor (Second World War) -- 14. The Year of the Monkey 1968, Vietnam (Vietnam War)
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780208023612
Lccn
92038210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27187744
  • (OCoLC)ocm27187744

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