From sword and shield to shock and awe, this is the story of war with all its momentous, world-changing impact and extraordinary human stories. Packed with outstanding contemporary paintings and photographs, objects and artefacts, maps and diagrams, WAR combines a compelling narrative with a wealth of fascinating features to present an unsurpassed chronicle of human conflict. From ancient Mesopotamia to the Gulf today, WAR documents every significant conflict and campaign, including key technologies, leaders, and tactics. The book concludes with an exhaustive directory of battles and military miscellania. Special features explore the broader themes of warfare, such as the role of supplies, communications, and medical care. From a Roman soldier’s letter home to an escaped POW’s boots, personal objects reveal the human drama of war for the soldiers caught up in conflicts through the ages.