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ZOOM Battles of the World
$4.95 (Win95/98 Only) (Jewel Case) (BATWORLDPJ)

Compton's Home Library/Softkey

Reference

Ratings:

4 stars from ComputerLife

The Interactive History of War

Relive the ancient Egyptian battle historians consider the mother of all battles. Discover how the Japanese samurai defended their once isolated island. Or investigate Gulf War technologies which could profoundly alter the course of warfare in the next millennium.

Ten of the world's pivotal battles come to life through video, historic footage, strategic demonstrations, stunning photography, 3D animation, colorful maps, and even period music. Plus 4,000 years of related world and military history are packed into an interactive, multimedia time line. It's more than a software program - it's an experience.

Riveting Features:

Animated reenactments of ten of the world's most significant battles from Kadesh in 1275 B.C. to the Gulf War in 1991.

Battle strategies and tactics depicted through animation, narration, music, and sound.

Comprehensive database of nearly 3,000 articles on military history.

Interactive timeline spanning major events from 2750 B.C. to the present.

Hyperlinked data that lets you jump instantly to related information and multimedia presentations.

Exciting mix of animation, historic art, video, photography, maps, illustration, music, and more.

1. Become a Strategist

Follow along conflict by conflict, as animated reenactments divulge the strategies and the outcomes of opposing forces clashing throughout history.

For example, relive the battle that ended World War I - Kaiserschlacht. Watch as the French and British unify their forces to defeat the Germans in bloody trench warfare.

2. Tackle the Tactics

From the devastating Roman siege to the guerrilla warfare of Vietnam, creative tactics have always played a major role in outcomes of battles. Learn how each new tactic changed the way war was waged.

How did the Romans bombard the fortified town of Alesia? Experience 52 B.C. siege tactics as you watch the Romans attack from above and below.

3. Wield the Weapons

The long bow. The catapult. The hand grenade. Track the historic web of these and other weapons to see the impact each new technological advancement had on the battlefield.

Fly with the Apache helicopter - the Coalition's premiere gun ship which penetrated enemy lines to knock out Iraqi anti-aircraft installations.

4. Join the Generals

Read over detailed biographies. View actual portraits, photos, and video clips. Discover what it was that drove each of these men to military greatness.

Meet Kublai Khan - the man and the general. Explore his opinions concerning his Mongol warriors and watch his forces as they are overpowered by the Japanese samurai at Kyushu.

5. Slide through Time

Move effortlessly through 4,000 years - from 2750 B.C. to the present - in this detailed, extensive timeline. Through maps, narration, video, art, photography, and more, you'll find hyperlinked information on world wide events and the forces that led to major wars throughout history.

In 1200 A.D., Marco Polo began his voyage to China while Kublai Khan was on the attack. See world events at a glance as they overlap and form the web of history.

6. Target Detailed Data

From Aberdeen to Zutphen, thousands of entries from Brassey's Battles, by John Laffin, are hyperlinked in this comprehensive database of articles and pictures. You can even copy and print items from this extensive collection of conflict and campaigns.

Interested in the Afghanistan War? Just type "Afghanistan" in and find text and pictures explaining the conflict.

Enlist in Ten of History's Greatest Battles:

  • Kadesh, 1275 B.C.
  • Gaugamela, 331 B.C.
  • Alesia, 52 B.C.
  • Kyushu, 1281
  • Agincourt, 1415
  • Austerlitz, 1805
  • Kaiserschlacht, 1918
  • Stalingrad, 1942
  • Tet Offensive, 1968
  • Gulf War, 1991

You'll Meet:

  • Ramses II
  • Alexander the Great
  • Friedrich Von Paulus
  • Erich Ludendorff
  • Julius Caesar
  • Kublai Khan
  • Henry V
  • Napoleon
  • Westmoreland
  • Schwarzkopf
  • and more...

Requirements:

Windows 95/98 Only: 486DX/66 MHz or better, 8MB RAM (16 MB recommended), hard disk with 12MB, 256 color SVGA, 2x CD-ROM drive, Windows compatible sound card, mouse

Reviews:

ComputerLife, February 1997

"The lively tactical displays, complete with animated representations of weapons - including an armed chariot and the stealth bomber - were the most interesting part of the disc. From the bird's-eye view this provided, it was easy to get perspective on how human folly and courage, as well as military strategy and technology, can change the course of history."



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