The author, a keen re-enactor, has taken a new approach to cover the key battle of the Catalaunian Fields. Many know the name ‘Attila’, but few known much more about this important conqueror. This highly readable account will correct the deficiency. – Much Recommended
NAME: The Battle of Catalaunian Fields AD 451 FILE: R2869 AUTHOR: Evan Michael Schultheis PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 262 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Attila, Attila the Hun, Rome, Alan, Visigoth, Germania, France, Atlantic coast, tactics, weapons, organization, deployment,federates, allies
IMAGE: B2869.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y5j84prh LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author, a keen re-enactor, has taken a new approach to cover the key battle of the Catalaunian Fields. Many know the name 'Attila', but few known much more about this important conqueror. This highly readable account will correct the deficiency. – Much Recommended Very few characters in history have achieved the global recognition of Attila the Hun, yet that knowledge does not go far beyond the name. This is surprising because he swept into Western Europe, appeared unbeatable and posed a direct threat to Rome in its dying days. The author is a keen re-enactor of the period and this book benefits from a selection of colour photographs of re-enactors with the arms and armour of the period. There is a significant volume of information in text and illustrations, both maps and photographs. Although the Battle of the Catalaunian Fields is the focus of this account, the author has taken an interesting approach to presentation that covers a great deal more than the battle itself and sets out this wealth of information in a very easy reading format. The battle marked the point where Attila's rapid advance across Western Europe was halted short of the Atlantic coast. This is described well. However, the author has corrected some of the myths and omissions of earlier works and provided a series of sections that offer much fascinating detail. Attila and his Army have not generally been credited with the sophistication and the complex all-arms force that in many respects matches the blitz krieg approach so successfully followed by the Germans in the early part of WWII. There may not have been armoured fighting vehicles and close support aircraft, but the basic tactics were remarkably similar. The army advanced very quickly as a mounted force and, where a static defence could be bypassed and left for following troops to invest, Attila kept moving. This was very different from the traditional military approach of a large infantry force, with cavalry mainly in a reconnaissance and communications role, that sought set piece battles and sieges of fixed fortifications as a step by step process. Just as the author has presented the sophistication of the Huns, he has presented the reality of the Roman Army which was very different from the Roman Army as popularly understood. By the 5th Century, the Romans depended heavily on allies and federated forces. These allies had developed their own tactics, armour and weapons. There is a very complete bibliography and glossary which, together with the very able case study of the battle, provides a good grounding for the reader and a starting point to develop knowledge further.