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Thermopylae : The Battle For The West - Ernle Bradford


The Battle For The West

Paperback Published: 30th March 2004
ISBN: 9780306813603
Number Of Pages: 256

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The three-day battle for the pass at the "Hot Gates" of Thermopylae was a critical contest in the Persian king Xerxes's massive invasion of Greece. The bloody stand made there by Leonidas and his small Spartan army in 480 B.C. has since become the very emblem of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice.
The ambitions of Xerxes were vast. Having amassed the largest force of men and ships ever assembled, he set out to conquer Greece, at the same time sending an army of Carthaginians to overrun Sicily. The two forces planned to open the gates to the wealth of the western Mediterranean.
Ernle Bradford's narrative spans the entire era of the invasion, from the building of an incredible wooden bridge across the Hellespont to the final crushing defeat of the Persian rear guard at the battle of Plataea. There, as before, the Spartans were the decisive force. It was at Thermopylae, however, that the fate of Xerxes's forces was determined by a small band of Spartans. In Thermopylae, Ernle Bradford brings to life the personalities and battles of this epic period with unmatched skill and verve.

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Ancient Warfare, Vol VII, Issue 5 "Accessible to a wider audience."

List of Mapsp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Acknowledgementsp. 16
Chronologyp. 17
The Great Kingp. 21
The Glory of the Hourp. 31
The Persiansp. 40
The Atheniansp. 53
The Spartansp. 58
Arms and the Manp. 67
Ships of Warp. 75
Dispositionsp. 80
Action and Reactionp. 86
Ultimate Decisionsp. 92
March to the Northp. 101
Land and Seap. 107
First Encountersp. 115
Battlep. 122
First Night and Second Dayp. 129
Over the Mountainp. 134
End and Beginningp. 140
After Thermopylaep. 147
In Another Country...p. 154
The Advancep. 163
Into Atticap. 170
Sparring for Positionp. 178
Eve of Battlep. 186
'Sea-Born Salamis'p. 191
Aftermathp. 202
Winterp. 208
Springp. 219
The Road to Plataeap. 225
Decisive Roundp. 237
Select Bibliographyp. 246
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780306813603
ISBN-10: 0306813602
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1