Introduction and Chronology * Background to war * Warring Sides * Outbreak * The Fighting * Portrait of a soldier * World around war * Portrait of a civilian * How the war ended * Conclusion and Consequences
Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927, the son and grandson of Army Officers. He was educated at Wellington College and joined the army in January 1946. Commissioned a year later he saw service in Palestine, Malaya, the Canal Zone, Cyprus, Borneo, Singapore and Germany. He was Commander in Chief of the British Army of the Rhine and ended his career as Chief of the General Staf. He was a Defence Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and is now an Honorary Fellow. His previous book on the Punic Wars has been published in both English and German.