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3.0 out of 5 stars Elephants and Castles, 31 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Wars of Alexander's Successors, 323-281 BC, Vol. 2: Battles and Tactics (Hardcover)
Although its subtitle suggests this volume examines battles and tactics; in reality it covers more than this. The "operational" art of hellenistic generalship is examined in the chapters on the Lamian war and the campaigns of Eumenes, whilst the tactics of the period are covered by examining the classic battles of Paraitacene, Gabiene and Gaza. Further chapters examine sieges and naval actions. Finally there is an orphan chapter on Border Warfare which I felt made more sense as part of volume one as it provides some context for the peripheral problems each of the contestants faced in their attempts to make war on the others.

Unlike volume one, I found this volume rather disappointing and commercially over-exploited. At just under two hundred pages the content should really have been included in the first volume or expanded. In particular, naval warfare in this period is worthy of a more detailed treatment than it receives here. After all, this period does mark the apogee of galley naval warfare, in both technical and operational contexts and deserves more than 19 pages.

Like volume one this volume suffers from poor map coverage. The operational analyses, in particular, suffer in this respect.
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