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5.0 out of 5 stars All the world's fighting elephants, 13 Jun 2011
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Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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
.Countermeasures against elephants
Conclusion - p44
Glossary, Bibliography, Further Reading - p45
Index - p48

Colour plates:
A: Ancient Indian War Elephants.
1. Armed driver with three crew
2. Armoured elephant with archer and standard bearer
B: Medieval Indian War Elephants.
Two armoured elephants attacking a castle; one elephant attacks the gate, one pulls down the merlons from the wall; elephants with towers in the background giving covering fire.
C: War Elephants of the Great Mughals, India, 16th -18th centuries. Two armoured elephants.
D: Indian War Elephants of Antiochus III and African War Elephants of Ptolemy IV in the Battle of Raphia, 217 BC. A spectacular big battle sequence of armoured Indian elephants versus the smaller unarmoured forest elephants.
E: Carthaginian War Elephants at the Battle of Zama, 202 BC. A ¾ bird's-eye view of elephants, harassed by Roman light infantry, panicking and running for the `elephant lanes' in the Roman ranks.
F: Battle between the Thai and Burmese armies at the Walls of Ayutthaya, 1549. A spectacular 2-page scene.
G: War Elephants of South East Asia, 19th century. Burmese elephants, in the background elephants with basket howdahs fitted with `jingalls' - swivel guns; foreground, elephant with tower housing musketeer, with light infantry supports

With many colour and monochrome illustrations, this is an interesting, comprehensive and readable account of the war elephant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a serious work, 7 Oct 2009
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Manousos E. Kambouris (Athens, GREECE) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 16 Jan 2014
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Great art work , up to the minute subject matter, as always from osprey. Would reccomend all the Osprey series
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4.0 out of 5 stars impressed, 11 July 2013
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John Harbord (uk) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting little book, 10 Feb 2009
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Thomas Raymann "thraymann" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Interesting little book that takes you through the history of the War Elefant.
From types of Elefant over capture, taming and training to the famous battles these behemoths took part to shape.
Plates very well done. Osprey trying to better themselves with this number.
Over priced for what you get though as always.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War Elephants, 8 Mar 2011
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J. R. B. Edwards "cookworm" (surrey, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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A useful overview of the subject, with emphasis on the Middle Eastern and Indian use of elephants in a historical context. Although not used for fighting, I would have liked to see some mention of the use of elephants in the transport mode in India and Burma during WWII.
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