Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part VI: Spartan Battle

This week, the part you have all been waiting for - we're going to look at how the Spartans fought. This is part six of our series (previous parts I, II, III, IV, V, VII) looking at Sparta and its place in cultural memory. As we discussed briefly before, there are two core myths in … Continue reading Collections: This. Isn’t. Sparta. Part VI: Spartan Battle

Collections: War Elephants, Part I: Battle Pachyderms

Today we're starting the first part of our three part series on War Elephants (by reader request!). In this first part, we're going to talk about how elephants performed in battle: how did they fight and what was their battlefield purpose? The second two parts will focus on the (as we'll see) far more important … Continue reading Collections: War Elephants, Part I: Battle Pachyderms

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 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