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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032684
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Konstantin's Nossov's "War Elephants" surveys the history of elephants used as weapons, tracing the history of war elephants from their deployment in ancient armies through their use in 19th century Asian conflicts. Military libraries will find it an interesting and wide-ranging survey." -"The Bookwatch" (February 2009) ""War Elephants" is a must have for ancient warfare buffs looking for specific knowledge on the use of elephants. Wargamers who are playing games and enjoy crafting house rules will find "War Elephants" solid source material from which to tailor new flavors in their games." -Mike Dorn, "The Wargamer" (January 2009) "In his book, author Nossov describes the background of the subject, their training and equipment as well as how they were used by various peoples. This is shown by period illustrations and artifacts left over from those times. It is further enhanced by the artwork of Peter Dennis, making for a well rounded publication and a book that I can easily recommend to you for something interesting and a bit more unusual from the norm." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com "(December 2008)

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Dr Konstantin S. Nossov was born in 1972. He is a graduate of Moscow State University and researcher in Ancient and Medieval Military History, as well as author of a number of books published in Russian. He has also written several English-language magazine articles. The author lives in Russia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2011
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This is a well written and informative book. As a wargamer for more than 30 years, I found that it told me everything I needed to know about elephants in warfare. The section on elephants in Roman warfare was interesting, as the writers I have read recently on Roman Warfare have ignored them completely - apparently they were extensively used, and made an important contribution to the battles of Cynoscephalae and Pydna; "The honour of achieving victory is usually ascribed to the superiority of mobile Roman legions over an inert Macedonian phalanx. Yet it is forgotten that none other than elephants gained the Romans victory on the flanks in both battles - without them final victory could not have been achieved". Caesar also had at least one elephant with him in Britain. Highly recommended.

Contents:
Introduction - p4
The Elephant - p5
.Types of elephant and their peculiarities
.Catching elephants
.Taming and training
Indian War Elephants - p10
.Historical outline
.Equipment and armament
.The crew
War Elephants of Alexander's Successors - p19
.Historical outline; equipment, armament and crew
War Elephants of Pyrrhus of Epirus - p24
.Historical outline; equipment, armament and crew
Carthaginian War Elephants - p26
.Historical outline; equipment, armament and crew
War Elephants in the Roman Army - p30
.Historical outline; equipment, armament and crew
War Elephants in South East Asia - p32
.Historical outline; equipment, armament and crew
War Elephants Elsewhere - p35
.Historical outline; equipment, armament and crew
War Elephants in Action - p39
.The functions, merits and demerits of war elephants
.Deployment of elephants on a battlefield
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 12 Feb. 2015
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The perfect companion for all military history enthusiasts is: THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

The book is a study of War Elephants from earliest times through to the nineteenth century. It is split into nine main chapters; the first an overview on how war elephants were procured and trained (which was short but fascinating); the following chapters are overviews of how they were used by different militaries. Some of these are fairly specific ie the Carthaginians and the Indians, whilst other chapters are more geographical ie "War Elephants in South East Asia". Mr Nossov has taken on a huge subject area with this book, spread over more than a thousand years of history and even more miles over the globe. Therefore all of the chapters are brief but with the essentials there - how were the war elephants utilised by a particular army, how were they equipped and, where available, descriptions of their use in actual battle. Mr Nossov's style is very clear and assured; he avoids the danger with this kind of book of leaving the reader feeling something has been missed out (he briefly mentions use of war elephants in China, by the Sassanid Persians etc) whilst still keeping the conciseness necessary for the style of publication.

The artwork is excellent as you might expect from Peter Dennis. He really came to my notice through the illustrations for the various Field of Glory covers he has done and since then I have admired his back catalogue as much as his new work. There are 7 plates each showing elephants from different areas and/or different phases in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Harbord on 11 July 2013
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It has all of the details you would expect on this topic with very informative sections replete with technical vocabulary like caparison, howdah and castle. The differentiation between African and Indian elephant cavalry traditions and the insight into the training regimes of these animals made for a very rewarding read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manousos E. Kambouris on 7 Oct. 2009
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High time we read a well researched and impartial work on war elephants. although there are some important missing issues, especially in mediterranean use of war elephants, the research is deep and interrogative enough. a new breath of inquiry instead of reading for a zillionth time the roman propaganda about this celebrated and expensive means of war. all the rulers and generals endorsing them were fashion victims? were they stupid? the author's opinion is NO and he backs it up with interesting thoughts and data. especially interesting is the use of elephants in SE Asia and the far east during the 1srt and 2nd millenia AD.
it must be blamed to Osprey that more original informative material (graphs etc) is not included, and that in many cases something is felt missing. some more detail would have been welcome. but it is the only osprey book I realy enjoyed for a long time about the ancient world.
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