Battle At Sea
Battle On The Sand
Battle In Space
To these, add the Battle of the Cutty Sark in SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Eight, pp. 227-237.
I really dislike mass slaughter and hope that mankind stops doing it soon. However, it is part of our history and can be exciting to read about even when it involves a man's head being smashed like a melon dropped on concrete. (Stirling, p. 230)
When a band of archers efficiently kills a horde of attacking pirates, thus saving some of their own lives, then there is some satisfaction in reading about a job well done. As the Tasmanians approach the pirates from the rear, one looks back - and John Hordle puts an arrow through his mouth and neck from a moving platform at nearly two hundred yards. The pirate drops unnoticed by his comrades. We have celebrated Hordle's archery before.