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NVG 150 War Elephants

NVG 150 War Elephants
Autor: Konstantin S Nossov
Data publikacji: 2008-11-10
ISBN: 9781846032684
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 48
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Opis produktu:

Elephants have been deployed as weapons of war for many centuries. Indeed, during the entire history of South and South-East Asia, from antiquity up to the 19th century, war elephants constituted the bulk of any army in the region. In this book Konstantin S. Nossov explores the incredible history of these ’living tanks’, focusing on the design of the equipment and armament that made them so terrifying, particularly the development and structure of the fighting tower. From their deployment against Alexander the Great’s army at the battle of Gaugamela, through to their use in the 19th century by the myriad armies of South-East Asia, the battle formation and tactics of war elephants in action are also recounted in dramatic detail. Generally the armies of Asia would not only use elephants as war units in battles or as draught animals, but also as living battering rams to besiege cities. Remarkably this use was so prevalent that it had a profound effect on the design of ancient Indian castles, where the castle gates were adorned with spikes as a countermeasure to the elephants’ power. Supported by rare and original illustrations, this book is a vivid account of the development and operation of one of history’s most unusual ’machines of warfare’.

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