This volume is designed to educate the reader about the evolution of stage combat.
Long before they took to the sea and air, warring factions engaged in land-based conflicts that involved close-range combat with rudimentary defenses and weapons. As civilizations have advanced, so too have their military strategies, tactics, and weaponry. Eventually this led to the development of sophisticated land fortifications, arms, artillery, and missile systems in use today by ground troops. This insightful volume examines the evolution of warfare on land around the world, as well as the impact of new technologies on the nature of war.
This book brings together reference material and primary source documents concerning the most important people, places, events, and technologies of Classical Greek warfare in one easy-to-use volume—an invaluable resource for students, educators, and general readers interested in this compelling subject. • Charts present at-a-glance statistical information • Maps depict important battles and the political delineation of Greece at different time periods • Numerous illustrations of important people, events, and technologies help bring history to life
Possibly the most famous commander in history, Alexander the Great never ceases to fascinate. When he led his combined Macedonian and Greek army into Asia he began the greatest military conquest in world history. In 11 years he overcame the Persian Empire, and campaigned across deserts, plains and forests to become the master of most of the known world. Fully illustrated, this book covers his campaigns, the development of his army, and the forces he defeated. His incredible campaigns are examined in detail and his victories and the tactics that ensured them are explained and described with the help of maps, illustrations and reconstructions that bring the epic career of one of the world's greatest generals to life. This book contains material previously published in Warrior; 27 & 103, Elite 7; 42, 66, 121, Men-at-Arms; 69, 137, 148, 360, 373, Essential Histories; 26, 36, Fortress 40 Campaigns; 7 & 182, and New Vanguard; 78, 89, 132
Alexander the Great is one of the most famous men in history, and many believe he was the greatest military genius of all time (Julius Caesar wept at the feet of his statue in envy of his achievements). Most of his thirteen year reign as king of Macedon was spent in hard campaigning which conquered half the known world, during which he was never defeated in open battle and never besieged a city he did not take. Yet, while biographies of Alexander abound, there are relatively few full-length books dedicated to the Macedonian army which made his dazzling conquests possible and which proved itself the most formidable machine of the age. Stephen English investigates every aspect of the Macedonian forces, analysing the recruitment, equipment, organisation, tactics, command and control of the fighting arms (including the famous pike phalanxes, elite Hypaspists and incomparable Companion cavalry),Some of Alexander's most famous battles and sieges are described in detail to show the army in action. With forensic thoroughness he draws on recent archaeological evidence and scholarship to present a detailed portrait of the army which demonstrated a superiority over its opponents equal to (but much longer-lasting than) that enjoyed by the German forces in the blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40. Alexnader's navy is also covered.