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The Enemy at the Gate: A Book of Famous Sieges: Their Cause, Thei

The Enemy at the Gate: A Book of Famous Sieges: Their Cause, Their Progress and Their Consequences - Reginald Hargreaves

London: Macdonald & Co., Undated , Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy fading to the spine. Boards lightly mottled. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name and date to the first blank.

Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white plates; Maps; Appendices (7);

From the cover: “Between the decisive battle and the decisive siege there exists one fundamental difference. A battle is a trial of strength between two contending forces, trained in arms and dedicated to their use. But a siege is the one operation of war which affects the civilian, man, woman and child, as vitally as the soldier. To the Commander of a beleaguered city, the reactions of the civil population to the deteriorating conditions of a siege are of even greater importance than the morale of the troops defending it. That is a point of which the author of The Enemy At The Gate never loses sight; for it is his contention that a siege is a combined operation in which the valour of the armed defender is of little use unless it is supported by the fortitude of the useless mouths.

The banker-magnate whose wealth could bring him no better dinner than the wing of a crow and a dahlia root, during the bitter winter of 1871, was as potent a factor in the collapse of Paris as the enigmatic General Trochu, with his nebulous plan. The tough longshoremen and Volga pilots who ferried supplies to Stalingrad, played as vital a part in the city’s survival as Rodintsey’s valiant Guardsmen.

While in no way neglecting the technical military side of the operations brought under analysis, it is upon their more human elements that the author has laid particular emphasis.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages.
£12.50
The Enemy at the Gate: A Book of Famous Sieges: Their Cause, Thei