Rise of the Spartans
This month, Paul A Rahe explores Spartan military might across two articles. In the first he considers early Spartan grand strategy and the development of the hoplite phalanx, and in the second he analyses Sparta’s conflicts with Persia, which culminated in a Greek victory at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC.
This 15-page special feature includes:
Garibaldi: Europe’s greatest guerrilla leader?
Graham Goodlad examines the life and career of Giuseppe Garibaldi, whose irregular style of warfare helped unite Italy
Chapman of Malaya: The strange story of the WWII Lawrence
Denis Frize uncovers the little-known story of the life and times of Colonel F Spencer Chapman.
The Kronstadt Raid: 1919
David Greentree continues our occasional series with an account of a British raid on a Bolshevik naval base.
Regiment: 21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers
Patrick Mercer recalls one of history’s greatest cavalry charges, at Omdurman in 1898.
Also in this issue: War Culture; Great Escapes; War on Film; Book of the Month; Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
Sparta is famous for its ruthless social order and the courage, discipline, and professionalism of its hoplite phalanx. Paul Rahe has just published the second volume of a magisterial study of the ancient city-state. He leads this issue with two articles on the Spartan army, the first describing the origins of the phalanx, the second analysing the Battle of Plataea.
Graham Goodlad returns with a look at another of history’s great commanders. Last time, it was the American Civil War general Sherman. This time, his focus is on a close contemporary: the nationalist, revolutionary, and guerrilla leader Giuseppe Garibaldi, whose invasion of Sicily in 1860 triggered the domino collapse of petty states that led to the unification of Italy.
Also this issue, Denis Frize gives his assessment of Spencer Chapman, the Second World War ‘Lawrence’, whose book The Jungle is Neutral became a guerrilla warfare classic. Patrick Mercer’s regiment choice is the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, and David Greentree continues our occasional Sideshow series with an account of a daring raid in 1919 on the Bolshevik naval base at Kronstadt by fast motor-boats armed with torpedoes.
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