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Bolingar01 Mar 2021 12:38 p.m. PST

I have just created a channel devoted to understanding how armies in Antiquity and the Middle Ages were structured and how they functioned. Besides examining formations and tactics, the channel will have videos on specific battles, campaigns and battle reports (hence the relevance to TMP). First video here. Enjoy!

Acronim01 Mar 2021 12:55 p.m. PST

Just subscribed, awaiting the next!

Bolingar01 Mar 2021 1:03 p.m. PST

Ta for that. I'll enshrine you in glory as first subscriber, promise!

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2021 1:59 p.m. PST

Excellent presentation. Look forward to the presentations of pike formations.
First thumbs up!

Grelber01 Mar 2021 2:27 p.m. PST

13 minutes--a good length. I am wary about committing to watching a presentation that can be an hour or so in length. Even a half hour can sometimes be too long.


Berzerker7301 Mar 2021 5:28 p.m. PST

I enjoyed the first video and look forward to the others. Very informative!

Perris070701 Mar 2021 6:58 p.m. PST

I subscribed too. Looking forward to more!

Bolingar01 Mar 2021 8:14 p.m. PST

Thanks for the positive feedback, chaps. I'll definitely be covering pike formations, timurilank. A careful reading of the tacticians (Aelian, Arrian and Asklepiodotus) shows they weren't structured and didn't function as is commonly supposed. Stay tuned. :-)

Bolingar03 Mar 2021 6:48 a.m. PST

Important notice: the next video will be on the Battle of Zama, seen from a very different perspective in that Hannibal planned an envelopment of the Roman infantry a la Cannae but did not know until the actual deployment on the battlefield that Scipio had Masinissa's Numidian cavalry with him (they had entered the Roman camp only the previous day, after the captured Carthaginian spies had "escaped"). This forced Hannibal to change his plans on the spot. He still nearly won the battle.

Scipio was the most brilliant general of the Second Punic War, successfully wrong-footing every opponent he faced including Hannibal.

Stay tuned!

lionheartrjc03 Mar 2021 9:15 a.m. PST

Good quality stuff as you might expect from the editor of The Society of Ancients. Excellent example of quoting sources both historical and more modern. Can't wait for more.

Bolingar06 Mar 2021 12:04 a.m. PST

Good quality stuff as you might expect from the editor of The Society of Ancients. Excellent example of quoting sources both historical and more modern. Can't wait for more.

It was the august and venerable Elders of the Society of Ancients (may their names be forever blessed!) who taught me how to do history. I'm always grateful for that.

To know more about the Society see here.

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Bolingar23 Mar 2021 6:14 a.m. PST

The next video on Zama progresses – hopefully I'll have it up in about a week. My plan is to get out a video a month.

Bolingar23 Apr 2021 1:58 p.m. PST

Next video finally up!

Bolingar26 May 2021 2:21 a.m. PST

Just subscribed, awaiting the next!

I promised to cover you with glory as my first subscriber and I like to keep my promises. Go check the Comments section on the Battleline video. ;-)

Gazzola13 Jul 2021 7:32 a.m. PST

Very enjoyable, apart from the maths. I guess those who lost their battles must have been bad at maths. LOL

Looking forward to seeing more.

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