Seize and Hold: Master Strokes on the Battlefield - Bryan PerrettLondon: Arms & Armour, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & White Photographs; Maps; From the cover: “Napoleon said that the success of the coup de main depended absolutely upon luck rather than upon judgement. This must rank as one of his less considered comments: as this book makes plain, the military tactic of the sudden acquisition of a strategic objective can be — should be — clinically designed and ruthlessly attempted however hurried its conception.
In the style of his hugely successful volumes Last Stand! and At All Costs!, Bryan Perrett now examines in accurate detail and exciting, atmospheric description, eleven examples of this battlefield manoeuvre which has often had telling effect on the campaign of which it has been part. From central Europe in 1916 through the theatres of World War Two and Korea to the Vietnam conflict in 1965, each example portrays the many facets and dramas of land warfare, causing the reader to question whether the events are real, faithful accounts of actual happenings and not the creation of a Hollywood scriptwriter.
If the Trojan Horse was an early example of a coup and the advanced air/land weaponry of today means that the tactic will be viewed in a new light in the future, the fact remains that the 20th century has given us outstanding Seize and Hold actions. Military historians, veterans and serving officers, modellers and wargamers will all be entertained and informed by the stories retold here, but the reader of adventure fiction, too, will thrill to the breathtaking attacks in Romania, on the road to Beda Fomm, in Burma and at the Inchon landings among many daring exploits recounted within the pages of this book.”