In the north of what is today modern Israel Megiddo is a mountain pass opening up to a great plain. Bandit infested at the time of Jesus this pass was known as the `eye of the needle' but at other times it was the spot where Empires rose and fell, most notably where Thutmose III established Egypt as a power around 1500 BC. It was also the spot 3,500 years later in 1918 that General Allenby, arguably the most competent British commander in the First World War, shattered the Ottoman Empire, a little remembered battle but which is wonderfully covered here.
Perrett starts by giving a brief over view of the desert campaigns up to the battle so readers have an idea what has led to the set up and then goes into detail how Allenby went after the Turkish forces driving them from the region by cutting their supply lines-forcing a hole in the enemy line then sending in mounted troops supported by air power ranging wildly through the rear echelons sweeping away supply and communications lines to the front creating chaos there. A tactic that in a later war would become known as `blitzkrieg' is clearly explained and detailed here.
This is supposed to be an introduction to the battle for most readers, not the final word. Perrett supplies some very good maps of the action and in his text successfully walks the fine line between enough and too much detail. I'm not wild about the paintings but that is just a matter of taste.
In the end this is an excellent book on a little remembered but vitally important part of the Great War. Fought over by the Egyptians, Canaanites, British, Ottoman and others Mediddo was the place where empires rose and fell and the world changed. Even the Greeks knew that but linguistic snobs that they are, they had to Hellenize the name. For them Megiddo was too barbaric, they changed the name of the place where the world would change, in their histories, to something that sounded Greek to them: in the Greek histoires, this place where the battle was fought, was Armageddon.