War Elephants

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 333 pages
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Elephants have fought in human armies for more than three thousand years. Asian powers boasted of their pachyderm power, while the Romans fielded elephants alongside their legendary legions but were, perhaps, too proud to admit that mere animals contributed to victory. Elephants have gored, stomped, and sliced their way through infantry and cavalry with great success. They have also been cut, speared, bombed, and napalmed for their efforts. This is the story of their largely forgotten role in the history of warfare.

Generals throughout recorded history have used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. Until gunpowder began to reduce the utility of elephants in battle during the 17th Century, these beasts built roads, swung swords, or simply terrified opposing forces. Although some believe that elephants were mere gimmicks of warfare, Kistler discredits that notion. His book hopes to give elephants the credit they deserve for the sacrifices they have endured. Elephants have long fought for and served human masters, but it is now the elephants themselves that must be protected.

  

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This book is quite interesting was I am extremely interested in history.My favourite animal is the elephant(I have adopted one).
And so I have read part of this book.It is excellent and I salut the gentle men John M Kistler for all of his hard work on researching this topic

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Awesome awesome book on an awesome topic.

Contents

Useful Orphan
1
Early Contests
7
Beauty and the Beasts
14
Fill of Blood
19
Improvements
21
The Elephant Mystery
25
The Horror
31
Alexanders Opinion
38
Africa versus Asia
135
Day of Slaughter
141
Weapons of Massive Destruction
146
Guerrilla War
151
The Running of the Bulls
156
Pompeys Circus
159
The Herd of Julius Caesar
161
Arrogant Emperors
167

Death on the Nile
42
Elephants Marching
47
Siege
54
Cavalry Killers
58
The Elephant Industry
68
Unmitigated Gauls
75
The Elephant of Surprise
80
Flaming Pigs
87
Chaos in the Streets
93
War Elephants of Carthage
97
Proud Mahouts
101
Cruelty and Inhumanity
104
The Lions Brood
107
Dangerous Waters
110
Treacherous Paths
115
The Best Laid Plans
119
Stalemate
123
Hasdrubal
126
Romes Genius
130
Sackcloth Ashes and Prayer
170
Breach of Faith
174
The Year of the Elephant
177
Early and Medieval Asia
181
Charlemagne and Frederick
187
Plump and Ready
191
Mongol Hordes
197
Pyramids of Skulls
202
Thais Burmese Khmers and Others
206
The Great Mahout
210
Beasts of Burden
220
Mighty Engineers
225
Targets of Opportunity
230
Epilogue
235
Endnotes
237
Glossary
289
Bibliography
292
Index
315
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About the author (2006)

JOHN M. KISTLER is a freelance writer. He received his mahuot certificate from the Elephant Conservation Center in Thailand while assisting consultants on Oliver Stone's film Alexander. This is his fourth book on animal issues and welfare.

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