Collections: Punching Through Some Armor Myths

This week, we're going to talk about armor effectiveness, comparing the value of body-armor before gunpowder with what gets portrayed in fiction and broader pop culture. What does it take to defeat armor? What weapons were effective at defeating armor - and what kinds of armor were they effective against? I should note that I … Continue reading Collections: Punching Through Some Armor Myths

Collections: The Siege of Gondor: Part VI: Black Sails and Gleaming Banners

This is the sixth and final part of a six part series taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Return of the King. You can find the other parts linked here (I, II, III, IV and V). This time, we are going to look at how the … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor: Part VI: Black Sails and Gleaming Banners

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part V: Just Flailing About Flails

This is the fifth part of a six part series taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Return of the King. Parts I, II, III and IV can be found here, here, here and here. Last time, we looked at cavalry mechanics with the Ride of the … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part V: Just Flailing About Flails

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part IV: The Cavalry Arrives

This is the fourth part of a six part series taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackon's adaptation of Return of the King. Part I, II and III can be found here, here and here. Last time, we looked at Mordor's siege tactics in attempting to breach the city. … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part IV: The Cavalry Arrives

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part III: Having Fun Storming the City

This is the third part of of a six part series taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Return of the King. Part One and Part Two can be found here and here. Last time, we discussed Gondor's execution of a strategy of defense in depth, designed … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part III: Having Fun Storming the City

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part II: These Beacons are Liiiiiiit

This is the second part of a six-part series taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Return of the King. We discussed the operational objectives and logistics of the Army of Mordor last time. This time, we're looking at what Gondor's defense plan is, how plausible it … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part II: These Beacons are Liiiiiiit