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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART FIVE)

(This is Part 5 of a series. It is recommended that you start with Part 1.) While he had begun the campaign with a masterful stroke at the junction between the Allied forces, Napoleon had failed to defeat either Wellington … Continue reading

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ARMIES OF THE SUCCESSOR STATES: THE SELEUCIDS

Of the empires created from out of the Wars of the Diadochi, none started on firmer military footing than that founded by Seleucus Nicator (“the Victorious”; or, alternately, “the Conqueror”). At the time of his murder in 281 BC, Seleucus command … Continue reading

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THE VARANGIAN GUARD: ELITE WARRIORS OF BYZANTIUM

The 10th century was the zenith of the Viking Age. The warriors of Scandinavia, renowned for their ferocity, cunning, and fighting prowess were feared throughout Europe. In the East, the Scandinavian’s who settled in what became Russia were known as … Continue reading

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THE CRUSADES: A POLITICALLY INCORRECT VIEW (PART TWO)

This is the second part in Deadliest Blogger’s politically incorrect look at the Crusades. At best, considering the sheer volume of material and scope of history involved, this can only be a cursory examination of the Crusades*; with the politically correct blinders removed. In this … Continue reading

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BOSWORTH FIELD: THE WAR OF THE ROSES REACHES ITS BLOODY END

On 22 August 1485 the War of the Roses reached a bloody climax at Bosworth Field. Here, Richard III, England’s most controversial king, defended his crown against the Lancastrian champion, Henry Tudor. The thirty-year long Wars of the Roses was … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART 2 (2nd Edition)

This is the second-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 “Dark … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S FINAL CAMPAIGN (PART FOUR)

On June 16th, at the village of Ligny, Napoleon inflicted a sharp defeat on Marshal Blücher’s Prussian army. All day, the French had hammered the Prussians, who suffered 20,000 dead or wounded, and lost 20 guns (as compared to a loss of only … Continue reading

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