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Plataea 479 BC: The Most Glorious Victory Ever Seen (SC) - Osprey - OS7239

Plataea 479 BC: The Most Glorious Victory Ever Seen (SC) - Osprey - OS7239


 
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Campaign 239; Shepherd. Plataea was one of the largest and most important land battles of pre-20th century history. Close to 100,000 hoplite and light-armed Greeks took on an even larger barbarian army that included elite Asian cavalry and infantry, foreign troops from as far away as India, and even thousands of Greeks fighting on the Persian side. At points in the several days of combat, the Persians with their greater mobility and missile tactics came close to breaking the Greek defensive line and succeeded in cutting off their supplies. But, in a fatal gamble when he nearly had the battle won, their general Mardonius committed the cream of his infantry to close-quarters combat with the Spartans and their Peloponnesian allies. A detailed reconstruction of this complex battle drawing on recent studies of hoplite warfare and a fresh reading of the ancient texts, predominantly Herodotus, and close inspection of the battlefield; 96 pages.