1) Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World

1) Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 B.C. to 500 A.D.): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics — Rob S. Rice, Simon Anglim, Phyllis Jestice, Scott Rusch
Thomas Dunne Books | 2007 | PDF

A comprehensive and heavily illustrated guide to warfare in the ancient world.

This essential guide to ancient warfare describes the fighting methods of soldiers in Europe and the Middle East in an age before gunpowder. From a detailed examination of the individual components of an ancient army and their equipment, to a fascinating exploration of ancient battle strategies, siege warfare, and naval battles, it explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available. Using specially commissioned color and black-and-white artwork and 24 full-color tactical maps, this book shows in great detail the methods by which armies, including Assyrians and Roman forces, prevailed over their foes, and why other armies were less successful. This is a must-read for any reader interested in ancient warfare.

2) Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World (AD 500 – AD 1500): Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics – Matthew Bennett, Jim Bradbury, Kelly Devries, Iain Dickie
Thomas Dunne Books | 2005 | PDF

Why were Welsh longbowmen and Italian mercenaries more effective in battle than French armoured knights? How able were the crusaders? What is the difference between chain mail and scale mail? Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World describes combat in what has been characterized as the ‘age of chivalry’. The book explores the tactics and strategy required to win battles with the technology available and points out how the development of such weapons technology changed the face of the battlefield. Divided into five sections, the text begins with the foot soldier and the mounted soldier, the equipment they wore and used, and how they fought together as a unit. The third section discusses how these units were used together on the battlefield, and the importance of a general correctly disposing his troops before the battle began. The fourth section looks at siege warfare – a common event in this era of fortification. Finally the book covers naval warfare, from the ships in which the men fought to the weapons they carried and the major battles of the period. Using specially commissioned color and black-and-white artworks to illustrate the battles, equipment and tactics of the era, Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World shows in detail the methods by which armies gained and lost ascendancy on the battlefield. This is an essential companion for any reader interested in medieval warfare.

3) Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World (AD 1500-AD 1763): Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics – Christer Jorgensen
Thomas Dunne Books | 2005 | PDF

Divided into five sections, the text first examines the individual components of the early modern army, the foot soldier and the mounted soldier, the equipment they wore and used, and how they fought together as a unit. Using colour and black and white artworks, this book shows the ways by which armies gained and lost ascendancy.

4) Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age (1792-1815): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics – Robert B. Bruce, Iain Dickie, Kevin Kiley, Michael F. Pavkovic
Thomas Dunne Books | 2008 | PDF

Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic World explores the tactics and strategy required to win battles with the technology available during the Napoleonic period (1789-1815), and points out how the development of such weapons technology changed the face of the battlefield. Divided into five sections it highlights:

– Individual components of the armies: the foot soldier, the cavalryman and the artilleryman, the equipment they wore and used, and how they fought together.
– Technology change, the emergence of military professionalism, and the impact these changes had on the battlefield.
– How units were used together on the battlefield, and strategic positioning of battle units.
– Specialist techniques and equipment developed for artillery.
– Naval warfare, from the ships in which the men fought to the weapons they carried.

5) Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era (1776–1914): Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics – Simon Anglim, Robert B. Bruce, Phyllis G. Jestice, Stuart Reid
Thomas Dunne Books | 2009 | PDF

An essential guide for military buffs and a comprehensive re – source for a transitional period in military history, Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Age shows in detail the methods by which European armies gained and lost ascendancy on the battlefields of the colonial era.

From the tactics required to win battles in a period when op – ponents were often either heavily mismatched in technology, or employed entirely different strategies to outwit each other, Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Age explores this dynamic period of military history in full, covering campaigns including The Revolutionary War , The War of 1812, The Mexican War, the Crimean War , the Austro-Prussian War, the Franco-Prussian War, the Zulu War, the Sudan campaign, the Boer War and the Russo-Japanese War.