Down through the centuries military history has been marked as much by misjudgments and incompetence as by gallantry and glory. Such blunders have often ended in tragedy, from the Battle of Bannockburn to the Bay of Pigs and the Falklands War, and occasionally in farce, as when the English troops supposedly marching on Cadiz in 1625 instead got drunk in a salt marsh. And sometimes, despite all the odds, they have ended in triumph. In his fascinating accounts, Geoffrey Regan highlights the difficulties that can lead to military disaster, from the insanity of commanders to the provision of inadequate supplies. The author of more than 40 books and a series consultant for British television's Great Military Blunders, Regan has made a specialty of examining military miscalculations.