War Elephants

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - History - 333 pages
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Elephants have fought in human armies for more than three thousand years. Asian armies 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. War Elephants is the story of their largely forgotten role in the history of warfare. Generals throughout recorded history 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 seventeenth century, these beasts built roads, swung swords, or simply terrified opposing forces. Although some believe that elephants were mere gimmicks of warfare, John M. Kistler discredits that notion. War Elephants shows that elephants deserve respect for the sacrifices they have made in the service of many cultures. Elephants have long fought for and served human masters, but it is now the elephants themselves that must be protected.
  

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User Review  - Juliana Gray - Goodreads

This book was informative and readable, full of interesting historical events and trivia. But the exclamation points! Drove! Me! Crazy! The author uses a liberal sprinkling of these in every chapter, and they just grated on my nerves. Read full review

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You've got to love, in a book about war elephants, a chapter entitled: "Massive Weapons of Destruction." Read full review

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
The Lions Brood
107
Dangerous Waters
110
Treacherous Paths
115
The Best Laid Plans
119
Stalemate
123
Hasdrubal
126
Romes Genius
130
Africa versus Asia
135

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
Day of Slaughter
141
Weapons of Massive Destruction
146
Pompeys Circus
159
Breach of Faith
174
Charlemagne and Frederick
187
Pyramids of Skulls
202
Beasts of Burden
220
Epilogue
235
Glossary
289
Index
315
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About the author (2007)

John M. Kistler is a freelance writer and runs a small business. He received his mahout certificate from the Elephant Conservation Center in Thailand while assisting consultants on Oliver Stone?s film Alexander.

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