Monthly Archives: June 2017

THE CRUSADES: A POLITICALLY INCORRECT HISTORY (PART TWO)

This is the second part 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 … Continue reading

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NAGASHINO, 1575: FEROCIOUS SAMURAI HORSEMEN ARE STOPPED BY PEASANT MATCHLOCKS!

Japan’s powerful Takeda clan is defeated and its hitherto invincible cavalry shattered by the innovative tactical genius of Oda Nobanaga; one of warring Japan’s three great unifiers! 16th century Japan was a time of civil war, known in Japanese history … Continue reading

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ARMIES OF THE SUCCESSORS: THE ANTIGONIDS

(This is the final installment in a series on the militaries of the Macedonian Successor states which grew out of the Wars of the Diadochi,  following the death of Alexander the Great. For the next century these kingdoms were defended … Continue reading

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PHALANX vs LEGION: CLOSING THE DEBATE

With the popularity of such films as “Alexander”,  “300”, and its sequel “300: Rise of Empire” a broader audience is being introduced (sometimes for the first time) to the warriors of ancient Greece. These films are generally poor educational tools, … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART TEN): THE ATTACK OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD!

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  to breaking Wellington’s decimated center. (To read Part Nine, go … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART NINE): THE STRUGGLE FOR PLANCENOIT AND LA HAYE SAINT

At 6 p.m., Marshal Ney called off the fruitless cavalry assaults upon Wellington’s Anglo-Dutch regiments around Mont-Saint-Jean. His torn uniform covered with mud and his face blackened with gunpowder smoke, Ney was now ordered by Napoleon to capture La Haye … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART EIGHT): NEY’S CHARGE – EYLAU REDUX!

At 4 pm, with no reserves immediately available but his Imperial Guard,  which he was unwilling to commit at this point, Napoleon ordered  Marshal Ney to lead his large and formidable cavalry reserve to a massive but unsupported attack on … Continue reading

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