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Aeneas Tacticus

Aeneas Tacticus  

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The earliest(‐surviving) and most historically interesting of the ancient military writers. Of several treatises only his Siegecraft is extant, internally datable to the mid‐4th cent. bc. Concerned ...
Ambrogio Spinola, Marqués de Balbases

Ambrogio Spinola, Marqués de Balbases  

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(1569–1630),outstanding general and master of siege warfare in the service of Spain during the latter half of her 150-year military ascendancy in Europe. Born into a wealthy Genoese family ...
archers

archers  

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A soldier armed with bow and arrows. Archers have practised their deadly skill since prehistory in most parts of the world, for example, the Romans employed Scythian archers on horseback. In the ...
artillery

artillery  

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N. pl. -ies1 large-caliber guns used in warfare on land: tanks and heavy artillery | artillery shells.2 a military detachment or branch of the armed forces that uses such guns: two regiments of field ...
Assyrians

Assyrians  

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Renowned as possessing the most ruthless and efficient military organization of all the ancient Mesopotamian empires, the Assyrians dominated the region for over 600 years before being conquered by ...
Athenaeus Mechanicus

Athenaeus Mechanicus  

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Author of an extant work on siege-engines (Περὶ μηχανημάτων; see artillery; siegecraft), may probably be dated in the 1st cent. bc.Ed. R. Schneider, Abh. d. Gesellsch. d. Wissensch. zu Göttingen ...
Battle of Brustem

Battle of Brustem  

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Following the destruction of Dinant in 1466, another peace treaty, the Treaty of Oleye, was arranged between Burgundy and Liège. Charles the Bold then returned to Dijon for the death ...
Belisarius

Belisarius  

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[Na]Roman general who campaigned against Persia in ad 527 and ad 540, captured Vandal Africa in ad 533–4, and began the reconquest of Ostrogothic Italy in ad 535. Died ad 565.
Biton

Biton  

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(Βίτων) (3rd or 2nd cent. bc), the author of a small extant work on siege-engines, Κατασκευαὶ πολεμικω̑ν ὄργάνων καὶ καταπαλτικω̑ν (‘The Construction of War-machines and Catapults’; see artillery; ...
blockade

blockade  

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N. an act of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.run a blockade (of a ship) manage to enter or leave a blockaded port.[...]
bow

bow  

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A weapon sometimes made of bronze (Ps. 18: 34), wielded by both soldiers and huntsmen. Arrows were made from reeds or polished wood (Isa. 49: 2), occasionally with poisoned tips (Job 6: 4). They were ...
Bureau Brothers

Bureau Brothers  

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Jean Bureau (c. 1390–1463) and Gaspard Bureau (c. 1393–1469), developers of French artillery. Born in the Champagne province of France, Jean and Gaspard Bureau were sons of Simon Bureau, a ...
Devastation and Ravaging

Devastation and Ravaging  

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Devastation was the principal activity of medieval warfare. As soon as an army entered enemy territory, outriders and scouts were sent out, and behind their cover came a cloud of ...
engineer

engineer  

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Use their skills to help their own army live, move, and fight, and to impede the efforts of the opposing side's engineers. Before 1939 they worked largely with pick and ...
Eugène of Savoy

Eugène of Savoy  

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(1663–1736)Prince of the House of Savoy. He was born in Paris; his mother, Olympe Mancini, was a niece of Mazarin. When Vienna was besieged by the Turks in 1683 he entered the Austrian army and ...
field fortification

field fortification  

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An emplacement or shelter of a temporary nature that can be constructed with reasonable facility by units requiring no more than minor engineer supervisory and equipment participation.
fortifications

fortifications  

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N.1 (often fortifications) a defensive wall or other reinforcement built to strengthen a place against attack.2 the action of fortifying or process of being fortified: the fortification of the ...
French Italian wars

French Italian wars  

(1494–1559).The invasion of Italy in 1494 by King Charles VIII of France (1483–98) sparked a series of wars that sporadically involved all of western Europe. Charles claimed the kingdom ...
Galbert of Bruges

Galbert of Bruges  

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Galbert of Bruges wrote one of the most important chronicles of the twelfth century. As a chronicler of military events he has few equals for his depth of detail, his ...
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba

Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba  

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(1453–1515),Spanish soldier in Italy. He was born in Montilla (near Córdoba), the second son of the adelantado of Andalusia, but was orphaned as child. He became a soldier in ...

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