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This lavishly illustrated book describes the fighting techniques of soldiers in Europe and the Middle East in an age before gunpowder and it also explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available, and points out how little has changed in some respects in the art of war. The book examines the individual components of an ancient army, the infantryman, archer and the mounted soldier, the equipment they wore and used, and how they fought together in units on the battlefield: why certain types of unit like the Greek Phalanx and Roman legion were more effective than others and how their tactics evolved over time, illustrated with references to key battles. How these units were used together on the battlefield, how commanders controlled their men and the importance of a general correctly disposing his troops before the fighting began are examined. Specialist techniques and equipment developed for siege warfare in the ancient world, with examples of classic battles like Julius Caesar's victory at Alesia and illustrations of catapults and other siege engines. Naval warfare from the ships in which the men fought, to the weapons they carried and the major battles of the period are also covered. Using specially commissioned colour and black and white artworks to illustrate the battles, equipment and tactics of the era, this book shows in detail the methods by which armies, including Assyrians and Roman forces, prevailed over their foes and why other armies were less successful. This book is an essential companion for any reader interested in warfare in the classical age.
Spellmount Publishers Ltd
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