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War Elephants (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 01/10/2007
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Elephants have fought in human armies for more than three thousand years. Asian armies boasted of their pachyderm power, while the Romans fielded elephants alongside their legendary legions but were perhaps too proud to admit that mere animals contributed to victory. War Elephants is the story of their largely forgotten role in the history of warfare. Generals throughout recorded history used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. Until gunpowder began to reduce the utility of elephants in battle during the seventeenth century, these beasts built roads, swung swords, or simply terrified opposing forces. Although some believe that elephants were mere gimmicks of warfare, John M. Kistler discredits that notion. War Elephants shows that elephants deserve respect for the sacrifices they have made in the service of many cultures. Elephants have long fought for and served human masters, but it is now the elephants themselves that must be protected.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803260047
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"War Elephants provides the full history of pachyderms in battle, presenting an animal historian's in-depth history of evidence tracing the use of elephants in battles from 1100 B.C. to the 17th century. From how the elephants participated in battle to strategies against them, War Elephants provides quite a different perspective and is an unique military survey."-The Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch * The Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch *
"War Elephants is flawlessly written and researched. . . . If you are interested in reading about ancient warfare, or the role of elephants in war, then this book is highly recommended."-Armchair General * Armchair General *
"Kistler provides a range of interesting facts about elephant behaviour, not least the actual difficulties of managing a force of war elephants in terms of voracious appetite, enormous thirst, expensive armour and long term commitment to training and care. . . . John Kistler's account is often entertaining and certainly wide ranging."-Times Literary Supplement * Times Literary Supplement *
"Avid military buffs and students of ancient, medieval, and modern warfare, animal rights, and non-Western warfare will find much of interest in this comprehensive resource."-Library Media Connection * Library Media Connection *
"Generals used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed, and, until gunpowder reduced the utility of elephants in battle, these beasts built roads, swung swords, and terrified opposing forces. Kistler tells the story of the elephant's largely forgotten role in the history of warfare."-Reference & Research Book News * Reference & Research Book News *

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