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European Battle Tactics 1715–91
In the years after the War of the Spanish Succession, the great powers of Europe sought to refine their tactical doctrines to ensure military success. Innovative thinkers such as Maurice de Saxe and Frederick the Great developed new ways of employing forces on the battlefield, their theories being put to the test during the ‘Lace Wars’ of the 1740s–1770s. Fully illustrated, this study assesses and compares the battlefield tactics employed by the European great powers during the 18th century.
European Siege Tactics 1453–1815
The advent of gunpowder siege weapons transformed the nature of European warfare in the 15th century, prompting the development of new forms of fortifications. The many long-drawn-out sieges of the 16th and 17th centuries reflected the evolving balance of power between defender and attacker. Further defensive refinements were provided by innovative thinkers such as Vauban and Van Coehoorn, while the initiative eventually passed to the attacker as the more mobile armies of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars often chose to bypass fortifications altogether.
Close Air Support Tactics 1914–45
Since the dawn of powered flight, tactical thinkers have developed methods of providing aerial support to friendly ground troops by striking nearby enemy forces. Coordination between air assets and ground forces is particularly important given the potential risks to friendly troops in such close proximity. Fully illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, this study assesses and compares the origins, evolution and application of the CAS technology and tactics employed by the leading powers during the world wars.
Armies of the Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–71
Between October 1947 and December 1971 the armed forces of India and Pakistan fought three full-scale wars, with the fate of Jammu and Kashmir and latterly Bangladesh determined by the outcomes. Both sides used older weapons and equipment alongside the latest technology supplied by the United States, the Soviet Union and other powers. The ground forces employed by both sides in the three conflicts – occurring in 1947–49, 1965 and 1971 – are examined and depicted in this fully illustrated study.
The Athenian Army
After the armed forces of Sparta, Athens had arguably the most developed army of the Classical Greek world. Following the foundation of Athenian democracy in 508 BC, the Athenian population was divided into ten tribes which contributed troops to the army – hoplite infantry, cavalry, horse archers and light infantry (archers and peltasts). For the most part, this tribal system remained in place for nearly two hundred years, influencing the shape of a whole host of the armies of other Greek states during the 5th and 4th centuries BC.