Naval War College Review


An author who uses the words “the face of battle” in the title of any book per- taining to military matters is throwing down a pretty hefty literary gauntlet. For “face of battle” guarantees that the work in question will be compared to Keegan’s 1976 landmark volume of the same name. Keegan asked the basic question, “What is it like to be in a bat- tle?” He sought the answer in a compar- ative study of the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme.