From Julius Caesar's victory at the Battle of Zela in 47 BC to the first V2 rockets falling on London, Tales of War is a unique tour of the many faces of armed conflict - the camaraderie, bravery and sacrifice as well as bloodshed and the waste of life. With a story for every day of the year, discover why the Victoria Cross was created, how Joan of Arc relieved the siege of Orleans and the shock of the first use of tanks in warfare at the Battle of the Somme - and much more.26 January 1885: The death of Chinese Gordon at the fall of Khartoum20 April 1918: The Red Baron shoots down his 79th and 80th victims the day before his death20 June 451: Attila the Hun is defeated at Battle of Chalons2 August 216 BC: Hannibal annihilates the Romans at the Battle of Cannae19 November 1274: Kublai Khan's Mongols land at Hakata Bay during first Mongol invasion of Japan13 December 1939: British and New Zealand cruisers cripple the German Admiral Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate
W.B. Marsh was born in New York, and now lives in London. On his birthday - 26 October - Alfred the Great, who famously defeated the Danes on British soil, died in 899. Bruce Carrick has worked in book publishing for many years in New York and London. On his birthday in 1856, the Gazette first published the creation of the Victoria Cross, the highest possible military award in the Commonwealth for valour in the face of the enemy.