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A MOST SANGUINARY AFFAIR: BLOODY TOWTON, 1461

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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SPARTANS: ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE 7

(To read Part 6, go here; or to start at the beginning, go here.) The Battle of Mantinea in 418 BC was the largest hoplite battle of the Peloponnesian War. The one-sided Spartan victory over their rivals secured Spartan hegemony over … 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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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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GREAT CAPTAINS: ALEXANDER THE GREAT

This is the next in a series of posts examining the “Great Captains” of military history. Unusual for Deadliest Blogger, this will be primarily in video format; posting compelling biographical material. By every measure of generalship Alexander III of Macedon … Continue reading

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DIADOCHI: MACEDONIAN GAME OF THRONES

Long before George R.R. Martin penned his tale of war, intrigue and treachery the ancient world was scene to its own version of The Game of Thrones. When Alexander the Great died in Babylon 323 BC, he left the greatest … Continue reading

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GREAT WARSHIPS OF HISTORY: THE BISMARCK

As Hitler prepared for World War II, he planned to interdict British shipping with both submarines (U-Boats) and surface raiders. Of these, the greatest and most celebrated was the Bismarck-class of battleships. Larger than any built by Europe during the … Continue reading

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