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By David J. Lonsdale

This e-book bargains a strategic research of 1 of the main notable army careers in historical past, picking out the main pertinent strategic classes from the campaigns of Alexander the good. David Lonsdale argues that because the middle ideas of approach are everlasting, the research and research of ancient examples have worth to the trendy theorist and practitioner. in addition, as method is so advanced and hard, the amazing occupation of Alexander presents the best chance to appreciate top perform in approach, as he completed striking and non-stop luck around the spectrum of conflict, in various conditions and environments. This publication offers the 13 so much pertinent classes that may be discovered from his campaigns, dividing them into 3 different types: grand procedure, army operations, and use of strength. every one of those different types presents classes pertinent to the fashionable strategic setting. finally, despite the fact that, the publication argues that the dominant think about his luck was once Alexander himself, and that it used to be his personal features as a strategist that allowed him to beat the complexities of approach and accomplish his expansive ambitions.  

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With the first of their main objectives met, the Persians could now turn their attention to Athens. The Persian forces now sought a harbourage on the north-west coast of Attica where they could land their forces for the march on Athens. Hippias, an exiled Athenian acting as a military adviser to the Persian forces, recommended the Bay of Marathon for the landing. Marathon was a small village some thirty-eight kilometres from Athens. Its bay offered an ideal spot for the army to disembark. The beach was large enough for the 600 ships of the fleet, and just beyond this was an open, flat and fertile plain that would be ideal ground for the Persian cavalry.

In fact, they realised how significant this was and enhanced its effect. Spartan hoplites would wear the same uniform red cloaks into battle, and would try to unsettle their opponents with a steady advance at walking pace. However, this latter technique may have also been intended to maintain the cohesion of the formation. The battle of Marathon Hoplite warfare not only dominated conflict between Greek city-states, it was also an effective instrument against invading Persian forces. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of this is the battle of Marathon in 490 BC.

Thus, we can see from the above description of blitzkrieg how the different developments coalesce into the basic elements of an RMA; but a question still remains over the relative effectiveness of this development in the art of warfare. Did blitzkrieg give the Germans a distinct military edge? In the short term the answer is a resounding yes. Blitzkrieg did indeed confer substantial advantages on the Germans in their invasions of Poland (1939), France (1940) and the Soviet Union (1941). The forces facing the Germans could not initially cope with these rapid coordinated attacks deep into their territories.

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