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CANNAE: HANNIBAL’S TACTICAL MASTERPIECE

Hannibal’s double envelopment and destruction of a Roman army sets a high (and chimerical) bar for future generals On the morning of August 2, 216 B.C., perhaps the largest Roman army ever assembled prepared for battle on the dusty plain of Cannae, in … Continue reading

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THE DEADLIEST BLOGGER LIST OF THE 25 GREATEST COMMANDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

  One of the most popular topics of discussion among historians (both amateur and professional) concerns what generals in history deserve to be ranked as “Great”; and of these, who was the greatest. The former is more easily determined than … Continue reading

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GOD INDEED SIDES WITH THE BIGGEST BATTALIONS

 Though sometimes human genius can turn the tables A great general (alternately either Turenne or Napoleon) famously responded to a question of who God sides with in war by quipping: “Whichever side has the biggest battalions!” While numbers and material … Continue reading

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