How to Win on the Battlefield

The 25 Key Tactics of All Time


An indispensable guide to the twenty-five key tactics that have achieved victory down the ages.


ISBN: 9780500295892 Category:

Rob Johnson, Michael Whitby, John France


How can you off-balance your enemy? When is the best moment to deliver a counter-attack? What is the effect of shock action or defence in depth? Certain tactical concepts have stood the test of time. This ground-breaking book examines, in a series of case studies, 25 of the key tactics that have achieved victory through the ages. Drawing on examples of battles from around the globe, on land, at sea and in the air, and across history, the authors reveal the enduring value of each tactic in clear and compelling descriptions and analysis.

General Robert E. Lee, although heavily outnumbered achieved a remarkable victory through an audacious flanking manoeuvre at Chancellorsville in 1863; the same bold move had been used over 600 years before by the king of France at Bouvines. For the Parthian general Surenas at Carrhae in 53 BC and again for Kitchener at Omdurman in 1989, an overwhelming concentration of firepower ensured a decisive outcome, while drawing the enemy led to victory both for Saladin at Hattin in 1187 and for the Russians against Napoleon in 1812. The book examines how Allied armies seized and retained the initiative through the airborne landings in Normandy in 1944, and how Soviet General Zhukov pierced enemy lines and penetrated in depth using Blitzkriegtactics in Mongolia in 1939.
Evocative photographs, illustrations and paintings, and a series of specially commissioned battle plans complete this detailed study of the most successful tactics of all time. Written by leading experts, How to Win on the Battlefield will prove indispensable reading for historians, military enthusiasts and business leaders.

Additional information

Weight 236 g
Dimensions 19.7 x 12.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2020
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19.7 x 12.9 cm
Weight 236 g


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Rob Johnson is Deputy Director of the Changing Character of War Programme, Oxford University and Lecturer in the History of War. Michael Whitby is is pro-vice-chancellor and head of the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham. John France is Professor Emeritus, University of Swansea and Director of the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict.