Yarmuk AD 636

The Muslim conquest of Syria

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Yarmuk AD 636

The Muslim conquest of Syria

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In 636 AD, after protracted skirmishing and minor engagements the Arab and Byzantine armies faced each other on the banks of the Yarmuk river. The Byzantines were initially successful, driving back the Arab right wing. Finally, though, the Arab counter-attacks broke the Byzantine lines and the subsequent pursuit became a rout. The awful fate of the fleeing Byzantine soldiers was remembered for several generations until it was recorded in early Islamic histories. David Nicolle not only looks at the battle itself but also the whole decisive Arab campaign from the Muslim invasion of 633/4 to the fall of Byzantine Syria.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign/The Opposing Leaders/The Opposing Armies/The Opposing Plans/The Campaign/Aftermath and Reckoning/The Battlefields Today/Chronology/A Guide to Further Reading/Wargaming Yarmuk

Product details

Published 26 May 1994
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781855324145
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 81 b/w; 16 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 31
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…


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