Turning the Tide of Battle is part of the series conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of six books that each open a window onto a WC selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Turning the Tide of Battle reveals stories of amazing deceptions, unprecedented tactics and cunning generals succeeding against all odds. Observe brilliant strategists at their creative best in battle tactics that unfold in unorthodox and astonishing ways.The stories range from Hannibal's brilliant tactics near the Italian town of Cannae that has influenced military thinking up to the present day, to Caesar's expertise that saved the day against the charismatic young leader Vercingetorix in Gaul. We follow the Mongols as they perfect their strategy of the 'false retreat', a tactic that caught their opponents out almost every time. We learn how to exploit an enemy's weak spots and in more than one story, we appreciate that there comes a time in every general's career when when the best possible strategy is to swallow his pride, turn around and run like hell!