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Alkedo27 Feb 2022 9:56 a.m. PST

I had fun making a little stop-motion video on the naval tactic of anakrousis, or the art of luring the enemy out of line by approaching and then rapidly backing water. Hollywood here I come… what do you think about it?


pfmodel27 Feb 2022 3:57 p.m. PST

Good Video

Add the reason why they did this as well and your hollywood masterpiece will be complete.

Alkedo27 Feb 2022 11:30 p.m. PST

thanks. I honestly don't think there's much else beyond what I already wrote.
You are an attacking fleet and the enemy is waiting you, stationary, with all its ships in a neat line, no flanks exposed, all prows towards you. You try to probe with anakrousis, try to get some of his captains out of the line, mess it up a little bit, open up some holes… if it works, you raise a bronze shield, sing the paean and you go in. I think that's pretty much it! but I'd love to ear from more knowledgeable people

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2022 8:14 a.m. PST

Awesome! I love your site.

Alkedo28 Feb 2022 1:02 p.m. PST

many thanks Deucey!

pfmodel01 Mar 2022 12:31 a.m. PST

This may be of interest, it coverers naval tactics

Alkedo03 Mar 2022 2:18 a.m. PST

many thanks pfmodel, interestinf publication. What is this? I see that they agree with the "line ahead" school of diekplous, which I definitely agree. Not sure if it is feasible to open the manouver with a ramming however. This would probably create a traffic jam and stop the whole line from passing throught!

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2022 5:44 a.m. PST

Looks like Warfare in the Classical World by John Warry.

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