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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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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART SEVEN): MID-BATTLE MUSINGS

Looking over the valley below from his position at Le Belle Alliance, Napoleon surveyed a strangely quite scene. It was 3:00 pm, and the tide of battle had temporarily receded. The ground between the two opposing armies was littered with … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART SIX): UXBRIDGE SAVES THE DAY!

At 2 pm Wellington’s position on the ridge was in danger of being rolled-up. The advance of D’Erlon’s Corps had broken the brigades of his first line, east of La Haye Sainte; and the men of Picton’s Division in the … Continue reading

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