War Elephants

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U of Nebraska Press, 1 Eki 2007 - 333 sayfa
Elephants have fought in human armies for more than three thousand years. Asian armies boasted of their pachyderm power, while the Romans fielded elephants alongside their legendary legions but were perhaps too proud to admit that mere animals contributed to victory. War Elephants is the story of their largely forgotten role in the history of warfare. ø Generals throughout recorded history used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. Until gunpowder began to reduce the utility of elephants in battle during the seventeenth century, these beasts built roads, swung swords, or simply terrified opposing forces. Although some believe that elephants were mere gimmicks of warfare, John M. Kistler discredits that notion. War Elephants shows that elephants deserve respect for the sacrifices they have made in the service of many cultures. Elephants have long fought for and served human masters, but it is now the elephants themselves that must be protected.
 

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Useful Orphan
1
Early Contests
7
Beauty and the Beasts
14
Fill of Blood
19
Improvements
21
The Elephant Mystery
25
The Horror
31
Alexanders Opinion
38
The Best Laid Plans
119
Stalemate
123
Hasdrubal
126
Romes Genius
130
Africa versus Asia
135
Day of Slaughter
141
Weapons of Massive Destruction
146
Pompeys Circus 159 33 Pompeys Circus
161

Death on the Nile
42
Elephants Marching
47
Siege
54
Cavalry Killers
58
The Elephant Industry
68
Unmitigated Gauls
75
The Elephant of Surprise
80
Flaming Pigs
87
Chaos in the Streets
93
War Elephants of Carthage
97
Proud Mahouts
101
Cruelty and Inhumanity
104
The Lions Brood
107
Dangerous Waters
110
Treacherous Paths
115
Breach of Faith 174 37 Breach of Faith
177
Plump and Ready
191
Thais Burmese Khmers and Others
206
Beasts of Burden
220
Epilogue
235
101
250
104
252
110
253
115
254
119
263
123
264
Glossary
289
Index
315
141
317
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John M. Kistler is a freelance writer and runs a small business. He received his mahout certificate from the Elephant Conservation Center in Thailand while assisting consultants on Oliver Stone?s film Alexander.

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