Newton Abbot, 1st ed., 1976. 144 pp., maps & plans. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The quadrilateral formed by Calais, Liege, Nancy and Abeville form what this book calls the ‘Cockpit of Europe’ – an area above any other in the world for being the site of so many famous military encounters from Attila’s with the Romans, to Crecy, Agincourt, Marlborough’s campaigns, Waterloo, Sedan and six of the greatest battles of World War I. The seventeen battles which are still easy to retrace over the ground are concisely described, each with a map illustrating the movements on the field and the surrounding terrain. Comments are made on the tactics which demonstrate, on occasion, how the outcome might easily have been different and how the lie of the land influenced events.