By David J. Lonsdale
This e-book deals a strategic research of 1 of the main impressive army careers in background, selecting the main pertinent strategic classes from the campaigns of Alexander the good. David Lonsdale argues that because the center ideas of procedure are everlasting, the examine and research of old examples have worth to the fashionable theorist and practitioner. additionally, as approach is so advanced and hard, the extraordinary profession of Alexander presents the fitting chance to appreciate top perform in method, as he completed remarkable and non-stop good fortune around the spectrum of battle, in quite a few conditions and environments. This e-book provides the 13 so much pertinent classes that may be realized from his campaigns, dividing them into 3 different types: grand approach, army operations, and use of strength. every one of those different types presents classes pertinent to the trendy strategic atmosphere. finally, even if, the booklet argues that the dominant think about his good fortune used to be Alexander himself, and that it used to be his personal features as a strategist that allowed him to beat the complexities of process and attain his expansive ambitions.
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By hosting such activities as cocktail parties, military force can help grease the wheels of diplomacy. However, the arrival of an advanced naval vessel in a foreign port can also serve the posturing function. 90 However, in the wake of American-led operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the offensive use of force is certainly back on the agenda. 91 In this respect, military force can perform many functions. For example, it can be used to seize resources, force political change, or eradicate or ethnically cleanse an enemy or population.
The concave shield was typically just over three feet in diameter. Because it was so large, to keep the weight of the shield down the hoplon could not be particularly thick. Even so, it still weighed approximately 16–20 pounds. It was primarily constructed of wood, with a bronze layer over the front. The shield was carried with a handgrip and arm support, although in the push of battle the hoplite could fix his shoulder under the rim. This practice would give his arm something of a rest from carrying the weight of the shield, but more importantly would enable him to push his bodyweight in against the shield.
Indeed, Victor Davis Hanson notes that ‘Ancient treaties among city states sometimes outlawed . . 26 This was warfare between similarly minded and motivated people. Second, the forces involved were not well suited to engage in a pursuit. 27 Thus, hoplites too eager to annihilate their opponents could run the risk of being annihilated themselves. Also of relevance to the ineffective nature of pursuit was the underdeveloped use of cavalry. Indeed, before the rise of Macedonia, cavalry was an underused arm of military forces in Greece.
Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy (Strategy and History) by David J. Lonsdale