Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (18421909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).
Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthaginians and Romans down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., with a Detailed Account of the Second Punic Warby Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Hannibal is often called the finest general the world has ever known. Setting out from Carthaginian-dominated Spain with a small army of select troops, he fought his way over the Pyrenees and crossed the Alps with elephants and a full baggage train. Theodore Dodge retraced this route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the
Hannibal is often called the finest general the world has ever known. Setting out from Carthaginian-dominated Spain with a small army of select troops, he fought his way over the Pyrenees and crossed the Alps with elephants and a full baggage train. Theodore Dodge retraced this route from Carthage to Italy, paying particular attention to the famous crossing of the Alps, and wrote what remains unequalled as the most comprehensive and readable study of history's greatest general.
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You may wonder why am am saying here and now that you can read this fantastic 700 page book name after a person and still know next to nothing about the person as an individual. Theodore Dodge (or Dodge as historians like to call him) is the if not one of the greatest authors of ancient warfare of all time. however the people who he rights about are only being focussed on one part of their lives. the role they played in their campagning as a general. You will get a brief overview of Hannibals background but the bulk of this book will be stateing what he did and why he did it. Expect to become familiar with how ancients organized their masses into military machines. Learn of how ambushes were succesful and how different ruses like feigned retreats are applied. Expect to learn about how supplys like rations can deal a deadlier blow than a lost battle. You will learn of how an army must protect itself whilst marching. After reading any of Theodoore Dodges books in their enirety you will have extensive knowledge on military terminology, aspects in ancient warfare that are essential to know when applying them in subject but are not taught conventually. And lastly what made the people Dodge wrote about so great that they as generals stand out in history for accomplishing the impossible.