EXPERT WITNESS: A DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT’S GULF WAR, 1990-91 — Buy it here
This defense correspondent for The Independent, military scholar, and former soldier combines his views and analyses.
PUBLICATION DATE: 31st December 1993
THE FUTURE OF LAND WARFARE
A detailed consideration of the likely nature, and location, of land warfare over the next twenty-five years. It discusses in detail all the major elements of modern warfare including weapons developments, logistics and tactics.
PUBLICATION DATE: 26th February 1987
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In this summary of the way modern land warfare, military thinking, concepts, and terminology have evolved, Christopher Bellamy demonstrates that military history can be of immense practical help to those concerned with the conduct of modern warfare “at the operational level”. Extensively illustrated with 52 of the author’s own campaign maps, battle maps and diagrams, the book surveys the evolution of warfare in Europe from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day and in Asia from the Middle Ages to the present. It considers the interaction of technology and warfare. Ranging widely in his choice of examples, the author includes two in-depth case studies – one on the Soviet Operational Manoeuvre Group and its predecessors in the Russian Imperial Army; the other on the long history of land warfare, including guerrilla warfare, in Asia. The author argues that Americans and Western Europeans ought to know more about the military experience and accumulated wisdom of Russia, China and other Asian countries. In particular he underlines the value of Asian campaigns as sources of universal lessons and principles of war.
THE GURKHAS: SPECIAL FORCE
The Gurkhas have fought on behalf of Britain and India for nearly two hundred years. As brave as they are resilient, resourceful and cunning, they have earned a reputation as devastating fighters, and their unswerving loyalty to the Crown has always inspired affection in the British people. There are also now up to 40,000 Gurkhas in the million-strong army of modern India.
But who are the Gurkhas? How much of the myth that surrounds them is true? Award-winning historian Chris Bellamy uncovers the Gurkhas’ origins in the Hills of Nepal, the extraordinary circumstances in which the British decided to recruit them and their rapid emergence as elite troops of the East India Company, the British Raj and the British Empire. Their special aptitude meant they were used as the first British ‘Special Forces’. Bellamy looks at the wars the Gurkhas have fought this century, from the two world wars through the Falklands to Iraq and Afghanistan and examines their remarkable status now, when each year 11,000 hopefuls apply for just over 170 places in the British Army Gurkhas.
Extraordinarily compelling, this book brings the history of the Gurkhas, and the battles they have fought, right up to date, and explores their future…
PUBLISHER: John Murray
PUBLICATION DATE: 13th October 2011
ABSOLUTE WAR: SOVIET RUSSIA IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR – Buy it here.
The definitive history of the War on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945.
Absolute War tells the story of the greatest and most terrible land-air conflict of all time: the war between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. There have been many individual accounts of particular moments in the vicious war between the Nazi regime and the Sovet behemoth, but none which sets out to tell the full and dreadful story of that absolute war: absolute because both sides aimed to ‘exterminate the opponent, to destroy his political existence’ and total because it was fought by all elements of society, not simply the armed forces, but civilians – men, women, children – too. Chris Bellamy, Profesor of Military Science at Cranfield University, is one of the wolrd’s leading experts on this subject and has been working on this book for almost a decade. It benefits from his remarkable insight into strategic issues as well as exhaustive research in hitherto unopened Russian archives. It is the definitive study of what the Soviets called – and what their fifteen successor states still call – the Great Patriotic War.
PUBLICATION DATE: 21st August 2009
KNIGHTS IN WHITE ARMOUR – Buy it here
Two hundred years have passed since Clausewitz first encountered war in 1793, at the start of a conflict which would consume Europe for twenty-two years. The 20th century has witnessed the world moving towards total war, and then back from the brink.
In this timely and perceptive study, Christopher Bellamy develops a new theory of war and peace. Using his personal experience as a serving soldier and as a defence correspondent who has had frontline experience in Rwanda, Bosnia, the Gulf, Chechnya and Kurdistan, Bellamy focuses specifically on the way limited wars are conducted. And, in this, inevitably he examines the complex role of the UN, whose highly white armoured vehicles give the book its title.
Knights in White Armour is a ground-breaking analysis of international politics and security. It takes a long hard look at the brutal face of war and also asks some very searching questions about the dilemma of peacekeeping – by the United Nations or any other body.
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1996