Apache Tactics 1830–86

Apache Tactics 1830–86

Elite 119
  • Author: Robert N. Watt
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: ELI 119
  • Publication Date: 20 Jan 2012
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The Apache culture of the latter half of the 19th century blended together the lifestyles of the Great Plains, Great Basin and the South-West, but it was their warfare that captured the imagination. This book reveals the skilful tactics of the Apache people as they raided and eluded the much larger and better-equipped US government forces. Drawing on primary research conducted in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, this book reveals the small-unit warfare of the Apache tribes as they attempted to preserve their freedom, and in particular the actions of the most famous member of the Apache tribes - Geronimo.

Biographical Note

Dr Robert Watt is a lecturer at the University of Birmingham where he teaches a course on the Indian Wars for the History Department. He has previously published a number of articles for American history journals on both the Apaches and their campaigns throughout the 19th century and has travelled widely throughout Arizona and Mexico researching the subject.

Contents

Introduction: Historical summary of Mexican and American confrontations with the Apache peoples
Environment & culture: the terrain of Apacheria - the Apache adaption to conditions - the raiding culture - training and leadership
Strategy & Tactics: Evasion - Vitctorio's strategy 1879-80
Ambush: planned ambush - killing ambush - ambush by decoy - ad hoc ambush
Attack - ambush, attack and evasion
Targeting of enemy horses - adaption to enemy weapons and practices - terror tactics

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