I am Soldier

I am Soldier

War stories, from the Ancient World to the 20th Century

General Military
  • Author: Robert O'Neill, Richard Holmes
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2009
  • Number of Pages: 240
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I am Soldier brings together the profiles of sixty soldiers who have fought over the past 2,500. These vivid accounts graphically depict the role of the soldier in battle often using the soldiers' own words to reveal what they felt during the chaos of war and its aftermath. From the Spartans at Thermopylae to the war in the Persian Gulf, this book shows the lives of the individual men and woman who made up the great armies that changed the world.

Biographical Note

A range of contributors, including Michael Whitby, Anne Curry, David Nicolle, Richard Bonney, Daniel Marston, Carter Malkesian, John Sweetman, Peter Simkins, Michael Hickey and others.Richard Holmes is one of Britain's most distinguished and authoritative military historians. He is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. His television credits include the award-winning The Western Front, Comrades in Arms, Dunkirk 1940 and The War Within. Holmes both wrote and presented the War Walks series, Battlefields and Brothers at War.


Foreword: 1pp
Introduction: 5pp (c. 2500 words)

The Ancient World
67 Ancient Israel at War 853-586 BC (Brad E Kelle) 2000
Pekah, son of Remaliah: rebel, officer, king
36: The Greek and the Persian Wars 499-386 BC (Philip de Souza) 2400
Aristodemos the Spartan
26: The Wars of Alexander the Great: 336-323 BC (Waldemar Heckel) 2000
Two generals and a satrap
43: Caeser's Gallic Wars 58-50 BC (Kate Gilliver) 1000
P. Sextus Baculus, Centurion
21: Rome at War AD 293-696 (Michael Whitby) 2100
Abbinaeus, commander of provincial garrison
Alaric, roman officer and tribal warlord
Theoderic, Ostrogothic king
Narses, imperial eunuch and trusted general

War in the East
33 Byzantium at War AD 600-1453 (John Haldon)
A cavalry trooper on campaign, 10th century (cut back early bit) 3000
57 Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Stephen Turnbull) 1500
Subadai B'adur (c. 1176-1248), Mongol general
62: The Ottoman Empire 1326-1699 (Stephen Turnbull) 2400
Konstantin Mihailovic, Serbian Janissary, 15th century
46: War in Japan 1467-1615
Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611), one of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake (Stephen Turnbull) 2000

The Medieval World
1 The Crusades (David Nicolle)
Two crusaders and one Fursan
12 Campaigns of the Norman Conquest (Matthew Bennett) 1800
Viking legend, English ‘patriot' and two Norman earls
19: Hundred Years War 1337-1453 (Anne Curry)
Bertrand du Guesclin; companions at arms: Andrew Trollope & Osborn Mundeford
54 The Wars of the Roses 1455-1485 (Michael Hicks) 1500
Nicholas Harpsfield, Yorkist

16th and 17th Century
47 The French Religious Wars 1562-1598 (Robert J Knecht) 1500
Two soldier-writers and a Huguenot captain
29 The Thirty Years' War 1618-1648 (Richard Bonney) 1200 words
Colonel Robert Monro, Scots Mercenary
58 The English Civil Wars 1642-1651 (Peter Gaunt) (1500)
Nehemiah Wharton, Parliamentarian and Richard Atkyns, Royalist
34 The French Wars 1667-1714 (John A Lynn) 1500
Marie Magdelaine Mouron, deserter

18th Century
6 Seven Years War 1756-1763 (Daniel Marston)
A Soldier of the British 68th Foot Regiment
45 The American Revolution 1774-1783 (Daniel Marston) 1000
Benjamin Gould, Massachusetts professional
44 The French-Indian War 1754-1760 (Daniel Marston) 1200
Joshua Goodenough, a Rogers' Ranger
7 The French Revolutionary Wars 1792-1802 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 2000
Midshipman William Henry Dillon RN

War in the Americas
50 The Texas War of Independence 1835-1836 (Alan C Huffines)
Juan Almonte
25 The Mexican War 1846-1848 (Douglas V Meed)
U.S. Grant
41 The War of 1812 (Carl Benn) 1800
Black Hawk, Sauk war chief
The American Civil War
10. 1861-1863: The War in the West: John Beatty, a Union Soldier (Stephen D Engle) 1800
5. 1863-1865: The War in the East: McHenry Howard, Confederate (Robert K Krick) 2000
59 The Plains Wars 1757-1900: The Battle of Little Bighorn, 1876 (Charles M Robinson III) (2000)
Survivors: Wooden Leg and Sargeant Charles Windolph

Wars of Empire
The Napoleonic Wars
17 The Peninsular War 1807-1814 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes): Private Edward Costello, 95th Rifles 1800
9 The Empires Fight Back 1808-1812 (Todd Fisher): Barclay de Tolly, Russian commander; Jacob Walter, Napoleonic soldier 3000
39 The Fall of the French Empire 1813-1815 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes): Captain Cavalie Mercié, Royal Horse Artillery, Waterloo 1800
2 Crimean War 1854-56 (John Sweetman) 2000
Captain Lewis Edward Nolan
51 The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 (Stephen Badsey) 1000 (cut back others)
Captain Léonce Patry

Piracy, Risings and Mutiny
66 The Wars of the Barbary Pirates (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 1200
Commodore Stephen Decatur, United States Navy
68 The Indian Mutiny 1857-1858 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 1500
Brevet-Major O.H.S.G. Anson, 9th Lancers
56 The Zulu War 1879 (Ian Knight) 2000
Captain William Cochrane
52 The Boer War 1899-1902 (Gregory Fremont-Barnes) 1800
Deneys Reitz

Civil War in the 20th Century
65 The Anglo-Irish War 1913-1922 (Peter Cottrell) 1800
David Nelligan
70 Irish Civil War 1922-23 (Peter Cottrell)
37 The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (Frances Lannon) 1800
José Durán, Nationalist
Antonio Izu, Carlist
Saturnino Carod, Republican
Jason Gurney, International Brigade

The World Wars
The First World War 1914-18
22 The Western Front: Private Frederick ‘Fen' Noakes (Peter Simkins) 1200
23 The Mediterranean Front: Cecil, Harold and Noel Wright (Michael Hickey) 1800 words
13 The Eastern Front 1914-1918 (Geoffrey Jukes): A trooper, an ensign and a sergeant 3000
The Second World War
35 Europe 1939-1943 (Robin Havers): Donald Edgar 1800
24 The Eastern Front 1941-1945 (Geoffrey Jukes): The German & the Russian view 1200
18 The Pacific (David Horner): Thomas Currie Derrick, an Australian soldier 1800
48 The Mediterranean 1940-1945 (Paul Collier): Charles Hazlitt Upham VC and Bar 2400
32 Northwest Europe 1944-1945 (Russell & Stephen Hart): Donald Burgett, 506th PIR 1800

Modern Warfare
8 The Korean War 1950-53 (Carter Malkasian)
Cpl Martin Russ, US Marines
38 The Vietnam War 1956-1975 (Andrew Wiest) 1500
John Young, Infantry Squad Leader
20 The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 (Efraim Karsh) 1500
Ahmed and Samir, Iranian boy soldiers
15 The Falklands War 1982 (Duncan Anderson) 1500
Comrades and companeroes - bit general?
55 The Gulf War 1991 (Alistair Finlan) (this profile by permission of Ohio Univ. Press) 1500
Lieutenant Alex Vernon, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanised)
63 The Collapse of Yugoslavia 1991-1999 (Alastair Finlan) 2000
Lieutenant-Colonel Box Stewart, UN Warrior

total: 91,800 (204pp)

Index 8pp

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