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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 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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ARMIES OF THE SUCCESSORS: 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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ELITE WARRIOR OF THE DARK AGES: NORMAN KNIGHT

In the 11th century, no warrior stood taller than the knights of Normandy. Esteemed as the most dangerous heavy cavalry in Europe, the Normans ventured forth from their northern French duchy to carve out realms from the Scottish Lowlands to … Continue reading

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ELITE WARRIORS OF THE DARK AGES: VARANGIAN GUARD

For nearly 500 years, the purple-clad emperors of Byzantium were guarded on the battlefield and in their porphyry palace by an axe-wielding body of fierce Viking warriors: The Varangian Guard! The 10th century was the zenith of the Viking Age. … Continue reading

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ELITE WARRIORS OF THE DARK AGES: ANGLO-SAXON HUSCARL!

This is the second part of our series on Elite Warriors of the Dark Ages. In the wake of the Danish conquest of England, the last kings of Anglo-Saxon England had at their service a fearsome band of disciplined warriors: … Continue reading

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ELITE WARRIORS OF THE DARK AGES: CABALLARIUS OF CHARLEMAGNE

This is the fourth part of our series on Elite Warriors of the Dark Ages. As Charles the Great, king of the Franks, created the first great European empire after the Fall of Rome, he surrounded himself with elite mounted … Continue reading

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JOMSVIKINGS: ELITE WARRIORS OF THE DARK AGES

Throughout history there have existed elite units whose legend lived long after the men themselves had faded from memory. From the Heroes who fought at Troy to the Navy SEALs of today, warriors of the highest caliber have been drawn … Continue reading

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SLAUGHTER IN THE MUD: HENRY V AT AGINCOURT

Henry V leads the original “Band of Brothers” to a bloody triumph against all odds on Saint Crispin’s Day, 1415 “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; … Continue reading

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