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SPARTANS: ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE PART 4

“For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. And it existed in its purest form in the … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART NINE

This is the ninth-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic … Continue reading

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GREATEST MILITARY QUOTES 4

Courage is the foundation of victory – Plutarch, “Themistocles” To retreat is impossible, to surrender is unthinkable! – Janos Hunyadi, at the Battle of Varna, 1444 If you lose your ensigns, cornets or flags, do never lose sight of my … Continue reading

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GREAT WARSHIPS OF HISTORY: THE REVENGE, RACE-BUILT GALLEON

  Beginning in 1570, English ship designers began designing and building a sleeker, faster, more seaworthy type of galleon known as “race-built”. Their name derived from their “raced” or razed (removed) fore-and aft-castles; relics of the Middle Ages when boarding was the … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART TEN)

With Laye Haye Saint taken and Ney decimating Wellington’s center with close-range cannon fire, Napoleon decided upon a  final push. A last roll of the dice, committing his Imperial Guard reserve to breaking Wellington’s faltering center. (To read Part Nine, go here. Or, to … Continue reading

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SPARTANS: ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE PART THREE

THE REAL STORY OF THE WARRIOR-HEROES OF ANCIENT GREECE! “For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. … Continue reading

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ELITE WARRIORS OF THE DARK AGES: NORMAN KNIGHT

  In the 11th century, no warrior stood taller than the knights of Normandy. Esteemed as the most dangerous heavy cavalry in Europe, the Normans ventured forth from their northern French duchy to carve out realms from the Scottish Lowlands … Continue reading

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