Monthly Archives: May 2017

GREAT CAPTAINS: HANNIBAL BARCA

This is the second in a series of posts in which the “Great Captains” of military history will be examined. Unusually, this will be in video format; posting compelling biographical material. Arguably the greatest general of antiquity was Hannibal Barca, who … Continue reading

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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 AND SEIZES THE INITIATIVE! On a bitterly cold late autumn morning, high atop the Western Alps, a polyglot Army of … Continue reading

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GOD SIDES WITH THE BIG BATTALIONS

(Though sometimes human genius can turn the tables) When it comes to war, a great general once said that God sides with “whichever side has the biggest battalions”. While greater numbers and quantity of material do not always a successful … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART TWO: THE SAXON ADVENT

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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THE CRUSADES: A POLITICALLY INCORRECT HISTORY

This is the Part One of Deadliest Blogger’s look at the religious and military phenomenon known as the Crusades. At best, considering the sheer volume of material and scope of history involved, this can only be a cursory examination of the … Continue reading

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ART OF WAR: HEROES OF TROY AND MYCENAE

Much of our perception of history is influenced by the artists who have drawn and painted scenes from out of the past. This is the second in a series in which Deadliest Blogger looks at historical armies and warriors through … Continue reading

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ARMIES OF THE SUCCESSOR KINGDOMS: THE SELEUCIDS

(This is the first part in a series on the militaries of the Macedonian Successor states; which grew out of the Wars of the Diadochi that followed the death of Alexander the Great. For the next century after his death, … Continue reading

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MIGHTY BYZANTIUM’S “TERRIBLE DAY”: MANZIKERT AND THE BIRTH OF TURKEY

Partisan politics takes precedent over national security as the “Super-Power” of the Middle Ages is betrayed from within! On an arid upland valley in Armenia, one hot August day in 1071, the Roman/Byzantine army marched out of camp to battle the … Continue reading

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THE 25 GREATEST COMMANDERS OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Once again, Deadliest Blogger presents its list of Greatest Commanders of history. This time, we take a stab at the Middle Ages, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary: The period of European history from the fall of the Roman Empire … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL’S GUARD: HITLER’S WAFFEN SS

Few military organizations or formations in history have evoked such fear, loathing, or grudging respect as the Waffen SS! Hitler’s elite private army, their role and history are highly controversial to this very day. But what is indisputable is their … Continue reading

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