I am Soldier: War stories, from the Ancient World to the 20th Century

I am Soldier: War stories, from the Ancient World to the 20th Century

by Robert O'Neill, Richard Holmes

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I am Soldier brings together the profiles of sixty soldiers who have fought over the past 2,500. These vivid accounts graphically depict the role of the soldier in battle often using the soldiers' own words to reveal what they felt during the chaos of war and its aftermath. From the Spartans at Thermopylae to the war in the Persian Gulf, this book shows the lives of the individual men and woman who made up the great armies that changed the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780962269
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Series: General Military
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 690,938
File size: 717 KB

About the Author

A range of contributors, including Michael Whitby, Anne Curry, David Nicolle, Richard Bonney, Daniel Marston, Carter Malkesian, John Sweetman, Peter Simkins, Michael Hickey and others. Richard Holmes is one of Britain's most distinguished and authoritative military historians. He is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. His television credits include the award-winning The Western Front, Comrades in Arms, Dunkirk 1940 and The War Within. Holmes both wrote and presented the War Walks series, Battlefields and Brothers at War.

Table of Contents

Foreword: 1pp

Introduction: 5pp (c. 2500 words)

The Ancient World

67 Ancient Israel at War 853-586 BC (Brad E Kelle) 2000

Pekah, son of Remaliah: rebel, officer, king

36: The Greek and the Persian Wars 499-386 BC (Philip de Souza) 2400

Aristodemos the Spartan

26: The Wars of Alexander the Great: 336-323 BC (Waldemar Heckel) 2000

Two generals and a satrap

43: Caeser's Gallic Wars 58-50 BC (Kate Gilliver) 1000

P. Sextus Baculus, Centurion

21: Rome at War AD 293-696 (Michael Whitby) 2100

Abbinaeus, commander of provincial garrison

Alaric, roman officer and tribal warlord

Theoderic, Ostrogothic king

Narses, imperial eunuch and trusted general


War in the East

33 Byzantium at War AD 600-1453 (John Haldon)

A cavalry trooper on campaign, 10th century (cut back early bit) 3000

57 Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Stephen Turnbull) 1500

Subadai B'adur (c. 1176-1248), Mongol general

62: The Ottoman Empire 1326-1699 (Stephen Turnbull) 2400

Konstantin Mihailovic, Serbian Janissary, 15th century

46: War in Japan 1467-1615

Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611), one of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake (Stephen Turnbull) 2000


The Medieval World

1 The Crusades (David Nicolle)

Two crusaders and one Fursan

12 Campaigns of the Norman Conquest (Matthew Bennett) 1800

Viking legend, English 'patriot' and two Norman earls

19: Hundred Years War 1337-1453 (Anne Curry)

Bertrand du Guesclin; companions at arms: Andrew Trollope & Osborn Mundeford

54 The Wars of the Roses 1455-1485 (Michael Hicks) 1500

Nicholas Harpsfield, Yorkist


16th and 17th Century

47 The French Religious Wars 1562-1598 (Robert J Knecht) 1500

Two soldier-writers and a Huguenot captain

29 The Thirty Years' War 1618-1648 (Richard Bonney) 1200 words

Colonel Robert Monro, Scots Mercenary

58 The English Civil Wars 1642-1651 (Peter Gaunt) (1500)

Nehemiah Wharton, Parliamentarian and Richard Atkyns, Royalist

34 The French Wars 1667-1714 (John A Lynn) 1500

Marie Magdelaine Mouron, deserter


18th Century

6 Seven Years War 1756-1763 (Daniel Marston)

A Soldier of the British 68th Foot Regiment

45 The American Revolution 1774-1783 (Daniel Marston) 1000

Benjamin Gould, Massachusetts professional

44 The French-Indian War 1754-1760 (Daniel Marston) 1200

Joshua Goodenough, a Rogers' Ranger

7 The French Revolutionary Wars 1792-1802 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 2000

Midshipman William Henry Dillon RN


War in the Americas

50 The Texas War of Independence 1835-1836 (Alan C Huffines)

Juan Almonte

25 The Mexican War 1846-1848 (Douglas V Meed)

U.S. Grant

41 The War of 1812 (Carl Benn) 1800

Black Hawk, Sauk war chief

The American Civil War

10. 1861-1863: The War in the West: John Beatty, a Union Soldier (Stephen D Engle) 1800

5. 1863-1865: The War in the East: McHenry Howard, Confederate (Robert K Krick) 2000

59 The Plains Wars 1757-1900: The Battle of Little Bighorn, 1876 (Charles M Robinson III) (2000)

Survivors: Wooden Leg and Sargeant Charles Windolph


Wars of Empire

The Napoleonic Wars

17 The Peninsular War 1807-1814 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes): Private Edward Costello, 95th Rifles 1800

9 The Empires Fight Back 1808-1812 (Todd Fisher): Barclay de Tolly, Russian commander; Jacob Walter, Napoleonic soldier 3000

39 The Fall of the French Empire 1813-1815 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes): Captain Cavalie Mercié, Royal Horse Artillery, Waterloo 1800

2 Crimean War 1854-56 (John Sweetman) 2000

Captain Lewis Edward Nolan

51 The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 (Stephen Badsey) 1000 (cut back others)

Captain Léonce Patry


Piracy, Risings and Mutiny

66 The Wars of the Barbary Pirates (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 1200

Commodore Stephen Decatur, United States Navy

68 The Indian Mutiny 1857-1858 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 1500

Brevet-Major O.H.S.G. Anson, 9th Lancers

56 The Zulu War 1879 (Ian Knight) 2000

Captain William Cochrane

52 The Boer War 1899-1902 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 1800

Deneys Reitz


Civil War in the 20th Century

65 The Anglo-Irish War 1913-1922 (Peter Cottrell) 1800

David Nelligan

70 Irish Civil War 1922-23 (Peter Cottrell)


37 The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (Frances Lannon) 1800

José Durán, Nationalist

Antonio Izu, Carlist

Saturnino Carod, Republican

Jason Gurney, International Brigade


The World Wars

The First World War 1914-18

22 The Western Front: Private Frederick 'Fen' Noakes (Peter Simkins) 1200

23 The Mediterranean Front: Cecil, Harold and Noel Wright (Michael Hickey) 1800 words

13 The Eastern Front 1914-1918 (Geoffrey Jukes): A trooper, an ensign and a sergeant 3000

The Second World War

35 Europe 1939-1943 (Robin Havers): Donald Edgar 1800

24 The Eastern Front 1941-1945 (Geoffrey Jukes): The German & the Russian view 1200

18 The Pacific (David Horner): Thomas Currie Derrick, an Australian soldier 1800

48 The Mediterranean 1940-1945 (Paul Collier): Charles Hazlitt Upham VC and Bar 2400

32 Northwest Europe 1944-1945 (Russell & Stephen Hart): Donald Burgett, 506th PIR 1800


Modern Warfare

8 The Korean War 1950-53 (Carter Malkasian)

Cpl Martin Russ, US Marines

38 The Vietnam War 1956-1975 (Andrew Wiest) 1500

John Young, Infantry Squad Leader

20 The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 (Efraim Karsh) 1500

Ahmed and Samir, Iranian boy soldiers

15 The Falklands War 1982 (Duncan Anderson) 1500

Comrades and companeroes – bit general?

55 The Gulf War 1991 (Alistair Finlan) (this profile by permission of Ohio Univ. Press) 1500

Lieutenant Alex Vernon, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanised)

63 The Collapse of Yugoslavia 1991-1999 (Alastair Finlan) 2000

Lieutenant-Colonel Box Stewart, UN Warrior


total: 91,800 (204pp)

Index 8pp

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