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.


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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