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CANNONS AT PANIPAT: THE FOUNDING OF THE MUGHAL EMPIRE

In 1525 a descendant of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane crossed the Khyber Pass with a tiny army in a desperate gamble: an attack on the powerful Sultanate of Delhi. On the dusty plain of Panipat, he would lay the foundation of India’s mightiest empire: the Mughal! Continue reading

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DEADLIEST BLOGGER’S GREATEST QUOTES ON WAR 2

If you loved the first list, here is Deadliest Blogger’s list of favorite military quotes, part two: “Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered) – Julius Caesar, on the very brief campaign against the Pontians. “When the situation … Continue reading

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A MOST SANGUINARY AFFAIR: BLOODY TOWTON

Palm Sunday, 1461: On a bleak, windswept Yorkshire plateau two Medieval armies clashed amidst a snowstorm; brutally hacking-and-slashing with sword, halberd and bill in what was to prove the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. It would … Continue reading

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LEGNICA: THE MONGOL TERROR REACHES POLAND

The Middle Ages’ greatest war machine rolls westward out of Asia, as Eastern Europe faces the onslaught of the Mongol horde! Genghis (or “Chinghis”) Khan was undoubtedly one of history’s greatest conquerors. After uniting the nomadic tribes north of the … Continue reading

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GREAT WARSHIPS OF HISTORY: BYZANTINE FIRE DROMON

For centuries Byzantium’s seaborne-flank was defended by a fleet of swift galleys; armed with one of history’s greatest secret weapons: Greek Fire! In 672 three great Muslim fleets were dispatched by the Muslim Caliph, Mu’awiya; to clear the sea lanes … Continue reading

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DIADOCHI: MACEDONIAN GAME OF THRONES (PART 9)

Long before George R.R. Martin penned his tale of war, intrigue and treachery the ancient world was scene to its own version of Game of Thrones. (This is the ninth in a series concerning the Wars of the Diadochi. Part 1 can be … Continue reading

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13 DAYS OF GLORY: THE ALAMO, 1836

  There are times when a defeat can become a triumph. Just as the heroic death of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae gave courage to the rest of Greece; so the last stand of a handful of brave Texians in a … Continue reading

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