Book Vote

This month the book vote looks at the Campaign series, with five new books competing for your vote. From Ancient conflicts to World War II operations, this month's vote covers a wide range of history. Read more about the full list of options below and cast your vote! Plus, check out the results of last month's Elite book vote too.

 

CAM: The Battle of Cynoscephalae 197 BC

CAM: The Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland 1169–77

CAM: The First Battle of Panipat 1526

CAM: The Siege of Tsingtao and the Cruise of SMS Emden 1914

CAM: The Kokoda Track 1942

 

 

The Battle of Cynoscephalae 197 BC

Part of the Second Macedonian War, the Battle of Cynoscephalae pitted Roman infantry, cavalry and war elephants, plus allied forces, under Titus Quinctius Flamininus against Philip V of Macedon’s phalangites, light infantry, cavalry and mercenaries. Flaminius checked Philip’s ambitions, and increased Roman influence in the Greek world. The battle marked one of the first times that the Macedonian phalanx and the Roman legion - arguably the two most-effective fighting formations in the Ancient World - met in open combat.

 

The Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland 1169–77

Between 1169 and 1177, the Anglo-Normans (under King Henry II) conquered and acquired large swathes of Gaelic Ireland (then made up of several kingdoms). This significant campaign marks a true watershed in Ireland's history, signalling the beginning of more than 800 years of direct English and, later, British involvement in Ireland. The campaign also transformed Ireland physically and politically, changing both its agriculture, built environment and economy, as well as its power structures.

 

The First Battle of Panipat 1526

On 15 April 1526, the invading forces of Babur (founder of the Mughal Empire, descendant of Timur and Genghis Khan, and one of the history’s great commanders) overthrew the incumbent Lodi dynasty in north India. Babur’s epic victory marked the beginning of the Mughal Empire and the end of the Delhi Sultanate. First Panipat was one of the earliest battles involving gunpowder firearms and field artillery in the Indian subcontinent.

 

The Siege of Tsingtao and the Cruise of SMS Emden 1914

The joint British–Japanese attack on the German port of Tsingtao (Qingdao), China between 27 August and 7 November 1914 was the first encounter between Japanese and German forces, the first Anglo-Japanese operation of the war, and the only major land battle in the Asian and Pacific theatre during World War I. The naval action involving the German light cruiser Emden, of the German East Asia Squadron, covers the Battle of Penang, and her sinking by the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney on 9 November 1914.

 

The Kokoda Track 1942

This covers the series of battles fought between July and November 1942 in the Australian Territory of Papua, pitting the Japanese South Seas Detachment against Australian, Papuan and US forces. The Japanese attempt to seize Port Moresby by an overland advance along the Kokoda mountain track (Owen Stanley Range) sought to isolate Australia from the United States. The lessons learned during the course of this campaign led to widespread changes in Allied doctrine, training and equipment, and the SWPA command structure.