Wikipedia Tour: Major Battles of the 20th Century
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Wars and battles punctuate the history of mankind, their appearance seemingly as regular as time itself. The armed conflicts of the twentieth century, however, are marked by technologically advanced weapons and a scale of destruction that our ancestors likely could not imagine. Here are the most important battles fought during that turbulent period, from the trenches of World War I to the beaches of Normandy in World War II and the jungles of Vietnam in the 1960s. This Tour will illuminate the tactics used by leaders and the courage displayed by the soldiers whose job required them to risk their lives every day. The awesome power of twentieth century weapons, the bravery of the men forced to face them, and the dramatic stories of humanity’s clashes will sweep you up in the majesty of their history—and remind you why peace is so very precious to us all.
The text of this Wikipedia Tour is available from Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
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Welcome to our _Wikipedia Tour: Major Battles of the 20th Century_. Each day we’ll send you a link to a new article about a major 20th century battle on Wikipedia. The introduction to each day’s article is included in the installment so you can choose to read just the introduction or the full ...Back to top
Reviewed by hamahakkimies on Jun 23, 2009
Good choices, but the articles are disappointing
This Wikipedia tour includes many interesting battles from the 20th century that have been selected rather nicely. Unfortunately, the articles themselves are in many cases disappointing and biased toward the American side of the battle. In some cases this American viewpoint is very distracting and severely mars the exposition. Furthermore, the Midway article lists approx. 30 references out of which only one is Japanese. This reference is also dismissed as "a Japanese account, colored by hindsight and sometimes inaccurate". Similarly, the Mogadishu article lists all the American casualties by name -- skipping the Somalian casualties with "there must have been 1,500 to 2,000 Somalis killed and wounded that day".
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