By David J. Lonsdale
This booklet bargains a strategic research of 1 of the main remarkable army careers in heritage, choosing the main pertinent strategic classes from the campaigns of Alexander the good. David Lonsdale argues that because the middle ideas of method are everlasting, the learn and research of historic examples have worth to the fashionable theorist and practitioner. additionally, as approach is so advanced and tough, the striking occupation of Alexander presents the suitable chance to appreciate top perform in method, as he completed extraordinary and non-stop luck around the spectrum of struggle, in various situations and environments. This publication provides the 13 such a lot pertinent classes that may be discovered from his campaigns, dividing them into 3 different types: grand method, army operations, and use of strength. each one of those different types presents classes pertinent to the fashionable strategic atmosphere. eventually, in spite of the fact that, the ebook argues that the dominant consider his good fortune used to be Alexander himself, and that it was once his personal features as a strategist that allowed him to beat the complexities of technique and accomplish his expansive targets.
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The key to success in such a formation was cohesion and discipline rather than individual acts of glory. Indeed, maintaining the line was the primary concern of the phalanx. A cohesive and solid phalanx was a formidable defensive formation. It presented an enemy with a solid line and mass of shields and spearheads. However, should any gaps appear, or should the enemy get behind the phalanx, then the vulnerable flanks and rear would be exposed. In most instances this could spell disaster for the phalanx.
Take for example the challenge of identifying the centre of gravity within the German economy in this period. Robert A. Pape highlights the size of the task involved in trying to undertake an accurate macrolevel analysis of the German economy in World War II. 103 The problems associated with the volume of information required are augmented by the fact that in most cases the intelligence acquired is based on a peacetime analysis of the enemy, rather than when they have mobilised their economy for war.
The Spartans often had this effect on their enemies. In fact, they realised how significant this was and enhanced its effect. Spartan hoplites would wear the same uniform red cloaks into battle, and would try to unsettle their opponents with a steady advance at walking pace. However, this latter technique may have also been intended to maintain the cohesion of the formation. The battle of Marathon Hoplite warfare not only dominated conflict between Greek city-states, it was also an effective instrument against invading Persian forces.
Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy (Strategy and History) by David J. Lonsdale