The Face of Battle

by John Keegan.Viking, $10.95. Although he has never been near a battle, Mr. Keegan is obliged, as a lecturer at Sandhurst, to explain battles to prospective officers. The absurdity of the inexperienced instructing the ignorant has nagged him into writing this book, which proceeds from a critique of the standard British method of concentration, in military history, on high command and overall results, to an interesting reconstruction of what actually happened to and through the fighting men at Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, and how little some of it had to do with generalship. Illustrations, bibliography, index.