Yarmuk AD 636

Yarmuk AD 636

The Muslim conquest of Syria

Campaign 31
  • Author: David Nicolle
  • Short code: CAM 31
  • Publication Date: 26 May 1994
  • ISBN: 9781855324145
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

In 636 AD, after protracted skirmishing and minor engagements the Arab and Byzantine armies faced each other on the banks of the Yarmuk river. The Byzantines were initially successful, driving back the Arab right wing. Finally, though, the Arab counter-attacks broke the Byzantine lines and the subsequent pursuit became a rout. The awful fate of the fleeing Byzantine soldiers was remembered for several generations until it was recorded in early Islamic histories. David Nicolle not only looks at the battle itself but also the whole decisive Arab campaign from the Muslim invasion of 633/4 to the fall of Byzantine Syria.

Biographical Note

David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK.


Origins of the Campaign
The Opposing Leaders
The Opposing Armies
The Opposing Plans
The Campaign
Aftermath and Reckoning
The Battlefields Today
A Guide to Further Reading
Wargaming Yarmuk

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