From the battles of Ancient Greece and Rome to WWII and Vietnam, this volume uncovers the surprising truth behind the history of war.
Many are familiar the first Civil War battle between the ironclad warships the Monitor and the Merrimac, but few have heard about the airship that Dr. Solomon Andrews offered to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Secrets of Warfare exposes the hidden history of human combat, exposing many of myths that have kept the public misinformed about warfare.
Some myths are the result of deliberate misrepresentation while others persist through ignorance or bigotry. In Secrets of Warfare, historian William Weir sets the record straight on a number of topics, including:
- The alleged superiority of Western nations in the ancient world.
- The myth of the English longbow.
- The introduction of submarines to warfare prior to World War I.
- The deadliest American air raids of World War II.
The supposed attack on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
William Weir has written 13 previous books, mostly about military history and crime, including 50 Military Leaders Who Changed the World and 50 Battles That Changed the World. He is a former soldier, a military policeman, and a Korean War infantry combat veteran. He is a retired industrial editor and freelance magazine writer.