This is a compilation of readings and links I recommend in the study of warfare and military history. Gradually, I will add more commentary for the readings but for now, direct your attention to Osinga’s Science, Strategy and War, the most valuable resource on this list.
Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd by Frans Osinga
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Strategy: The Indirect Approach by Basil Lidell Hart
On War by Carl von Clausewitz
The Art of War on Land, Illustrated by Campaigns and Battles of All Ages by Alfred H. Burne
Society Must Be Defended by Michel Foucault
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
General Military History
Tactical Genius in Battle by Simon Goodenough
History of the Art of War, 4 volumes by Hans Delbruck
Military History of the Western World, 3 volumes by J.F.C. Fuller
Encylopaedia of Military History by Richard Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy
The Art of Warfare on Land by David G. Chandler
War: The Lethal Custom by Gywnne Dyer
How Great Generals Win by Bevin Alexander
Great Captains, 6 volumes by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
The West Point Atlas of American Wars, 2 volumes by Vincent J. Esposito and John R. Galvin
Latin America’s Wars, 2 volumes by Robert L. Scheina
A Military History of the Ottomans: From Osman to Ataturk by Mesut Uyar and Edward J. Erickson
Seven Roads to Moscow by W.G.F. Jackson
Supplying War: From Wallenstein to Patton by Martin van Creveld
For Want of a Nail: Impact of War on Logistics and Communications by Kenneth Macksey
Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army by Donald W. Engels
Ancient Military History
Warfare in the Classical World by John Gibson Warry
The Great Battles of Antiquity by Robert A. Gabriel and Donald Boose
The Generalship of Alexander the Great by J.F.C. Fuller
Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy
Scipio Africanus: Soldier and Politician by H.H. Scullard
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Leonard Cottrell
Medieval Military History
Armies of the Middle Ages, 2 volumes by Ian Heath
Battles of the Crusades 1097-1444 by Kelly Devries
Mongols, Huns and Vikings by Hugh Kennedy
The Byzantine Wars by John F. Haldon
Khalid Bin al-Waleed: Sword of Allah by A.I. Akram
Military History of Medieval India by Gurcharn Singh Sandu
The Mongol Art of War by Timothy May
Genghis Khan’s Greatest General: Subotai the Valiant by Robert A. Gabriel
Gunpowder Military History
Age of Battles: The Quest for Decisive Warfare from Breitenfeld to Waterloo by Russell Weigley
The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler
A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars by Vincent J. Esposito and John R. Elting
Battles of the Samurai by Stephen Turnbull
Battles in Britain and their Political Background, 2 volumes by William Seymour
Modern Military History
Decisive Battles of the Twentieth Century: Land-Sea-Air by Christopher Dowling Frankland
Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy by D. Stevenson
Eastern Front 1914-1917 by Norman Stone
Hitler’s Blitzkrieg Wars by J.E. Kaufmann and H.W Kaufmann
When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler by David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House
Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War by Evan Mawdsley
Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy
The Pacific War 1941-1945 by John Costello
No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II by Robert Cowley
War in Peace: An Analysis of Warfare since 1945 by Robert Thompson
Postmodern Military History
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century by Thomas X. Hammes
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaysia and Vietnam by John A. Nagl
War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare by Robert Taber
The New Face of War: How War Will be Fought in the 21st Century by Bruce D. Berkowitz
Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment-Network by James Der Derian
On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Tse-Tung
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
Guerrilla: A Historical and Critical Study by Walter Laqueur
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This is a great forum for discussing history, which should introduce you to a lot of new information and viewpoints. It features a variety of subforums devoted to military history as well as current events. It is on this forum where the wonderful HistoryNet staff discovered The Art of Battles’ predecessor and offered to host it where you view it now. If you wish to help others discover The Art of Battle, add a link to the site in your signature.
This site features detailed articles regarding a wide spectrum of military history. The site also accepts articles from viewers.
This site features Colonel John Boyd’s invaluable presentations; Boyd is known for his description of the OODA loop but his work provides us with so much more insight. Frans Osinga summarizes Boyd’s presentations and illustrates why Boyd is one of the most important (post)modern strategists in his pivotal work, Science Strategy and War (see Readings).
This site features a ridiculous amount of links on various military subjects. Unfortunately, some of the links are dead but this should not stop you from being trapped in the mass of information for a while.
This is an online military history encyclopaedia with over 4,000 articles, 1,000 of which cover specific battles. The site covers a wide variety of regions and time periods but has excellent coverage of the World Wars, the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars, and most recently, the Peloponnesian War.
This site features information on medieval armies of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Unfortunately, its author does not seem to have updated recently and the site is somewhat incomplete. I sincerely hope he returns to continue his project as it has a lot of potential.
This site features maps from ancient warfare to the current wars in the Middle East, all created by the United States Military Academy.
This site features a great number of historical maps. Some maps depict battles, campaigns and wars, while others depict the political context of regions. The site offers other historical content but its best feature is definitely its collection of maps.
This site offers free access to Parameters, the US Army’s Senior Professional Journal, from 1971 to the present. While obviously concerned with American concerns and issues, it features an abundance of valuable insights from various perspectives, especially in regards to postmodern warfare.
Our like-minded friends at this site provide animations for predominantly American wars. It currently features comprehensive animations of the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, the Pacific during World War II, and Europe during World War II.
This link used to feature animations of some great battles such as Agincourt, Balaclava, Normandy, and Stalingrad. It was a good inspiration to me when I was first starting out and helped me develop the method I use to animate battles today. Why they removed its content is beyond me. Contact the History Channel and harass them in the hopes of bringing it back!
This site features an interactive animation of the Great Patriotic War (better known in the West as the Russo-German War 1941-1945). The animation is the product of an initiative by Russian historians to tell the stories of its many veterans.
This is a small-scale gaming company which produces an unprecedented amount of games for its size. Its games are reasonably priced and many are designed for solitaire play. If you buy a game, learn it, and wish to find more opponents, the game is likely featured on Vassal, a free program for online gaming. My favourite game from this company is Ancient Battles Deluxe, albeit with some alterations.
This site hosts modifications for the renowned Total War series for PC, a mix of turn-based and real-time strategy. Assuming you own the particular Total War game being modified, all the modifications are free and fairly easy to install. Modifications may be as minor as new historical battles or as major as a complete overhaul of new context, units and map.
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