Viking Art of War

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A best-selling study of the Vikings’ genius for war explodes myths and reveals the facts behind their fearsome reputation . . .

This groundbreaking study of the Vikings establishes the facts behind their rise to prominence, and cuts away the myths about their military and seafaring skills, reputation, and exploits.

The author applies modern military thinking to the Viking art of war and examines their tactics, seamanship, mobility, strategy, ...

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Overview

A best-selling study of the Vikings’ genius for war explodes myths and reveals the facts behind their fearsome reputation . . .

This groundbreaking study of the Vikings establishes the facts behind their rise to prominence, and cuts away the myths about their military and seafaring skills, reputation, and exploits.

The author applies modern military thinking to the Viking art of war and examines their tactics, seamanship, mobility, strategy, and how they exploited victories and dealt with defeats. In this book we learn how the ferocious northern warriors established colonies in hostile territory and defeated a diverse array of enemies, including the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks, the Volga Bulgars, and the wild tribes of Ireland, during three centuries of military adventure.

Paddy Griffith was a senior lecturer in war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 16 years. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the history of warfare, including Battle Tactics of the Western Front, 1916-18 and The Art of War of Revolutionary France, 1789-1802.

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“…a detailed survey of the Viking raids, covering strategic mobility, causes of Viking expansion and army details…numerous entertaining historical anecdotes.”
The Herald, April/May 2010

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The Herald
...a detailed survey of the Viking raids, covering strategic mobility, causes of Viking expansion and army details...numerous entertaining historical anecdotes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932033601
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/19/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 868,096
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures 7
Glossary 9
Preface 11
1 A Military Analysis of the Vikings 13
The Vikings Defined
The Meeting Between Civilian and Military
Myth and Reality
2 The Causes of Viking Expansion 38
The Legacy of the Romans
More Defeats than Victories: Expansion Attempts, 793-911
The Second Viking Onslaught, 911-1066
The Vikings and their Neighbours
3 Strategic Mobility 73
The Alleged Reliability of Viking Navigation
An Essentially Coastal Navy
The Boats Themselves
Overland Movement
4 The Viking Notion of Strategy 105
Four Types of Viking Warfare
Some Principles of Strategy
Numbers Likely to be Engaged
5 The Composition of Armies 127
The Classification of Troop Types
Viking C[superscript 3]I
Engineering
6 Arms and Armour 162
Missile Arms
Defences
Close Quarter Arms
7 Battle 182
Land Battle
Sea Battle
Counting the Cost
Conclusion: The Vikings' Place in the Evolution of 'the Art of War' 209
Sources 212
Index 222
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