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  • Published: 31 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448140596
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

20th Century Battlefields




This is the story of the most intense and bitterly fought battles of the twentieth century, and their lasting impact on the world.

In this riveting book, political journalist Peter Snow and military historian Dan Snow bring to life the most intense and bitterly fought battles of the 20th century - from the apocalyptic terrain of the Western Front to the desert landscape of Iraq. Punctuated by powerful eyewitness testimony, their compelling and often shocking narrative highlights the strategy of military commanders as well as the experience of men on the frontline. 20th Century Battlefields looks back at the most violent century in history and examines the challenges facing armed forces in the future.

  • Pub date: 31 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448140596
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Authors

Dan Snow

Dan Snow was awarded a first-class degree in history at Balliol College, Oxford, where he developed a passion for military history. Whilst at Oxford he was President of the Boat Club; he was in the winning crew in the 2000 Boat Race and was captain in 2001. Since leaving university he has written articles on military history.

Peter Snow

Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN's Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979, and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world's battlefields for 40 years.


Praise for 20th Century Battlefields

“This is the most accurate and insightful account of the Gulf War I have read”

Norman Schwarzkopf

“A gripping account...told with insight, a keen sense of drama and the benefit of a good deal of fresh interview material”

Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University

“Peter and Dan Snow have written a vivid account of one of the most important battles in the history of the British army. The forgotten victory at Amiens is given the recognition it deserves.”

Hew Strachan, Professor of History of War, Oxford University


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