Monthly Archives: February 2016

BREACHING THE ALPS: HANNIBAL’S ICY ORDEAL

DEFYING  THE ODDS, HANNIBAL CROSSES THE ALPS LATE IN THE SEASON, AND BY SO DOING TURNS THE TABLES ON ROME On a bitterly cold late autumn morning, high atop the Western Alps, a polyglot army of Spaniards and North Africans … Continue reading

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GREAT CAPTAINS: JULIUS CAESAR

This is the eighth in a series of posts in which we examine the “Great Captains” of military history. Unusually, we do this in video format; posting compelling biographical material; as well as images and a brief narrative. Few great … Continue reading

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END OF THE CALIPHATE: MONGOL SACK OF BAGHDAD

On February 10, 1258 a Mongol army sacked Baghdad, capital city of the Abbasid Caliphate. Shortly after, the Khan ordered the death of the last Abbasid Caliph, Al-Musta’sim. Though hardly remembered, it was an event that rocked the Muslim world … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART TWENTY-ONE

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age … Continue reading

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SABRES IN THE SNOW: MURAT AT EYLAU, 1807!

AS DEFEAT LOOMS, MURAT’S CAVALRY SAVES THE DAY IN PERHAPS THE GREATEST CAVALRY CHARGE IN MILITARY HISTORY In October of 1806, Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians in a lightning campaign that culminated at the twin battles of Jena-Auerstedt. This campaign … Continue reading

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