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Death on a Wind: The Numidians of the Second Punic War [Kindle Edition]

Charles R. King

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Charles R. King utilizes his academic education in physics and classical history to apply an original quantitative and empirical face to the study of one of the most celebrated and feared elements in classical history, the Numidian Cavalry. Accessible to both the professional historian and the buff, this analysis enables the reader to approach the Numidians of the Second Punic War from a new and different outlook and even allows the reader to understand how they fought and why they were so effective and devastating to the Romans. The author utilizes primary sources and examination of the weapons and society of the Numidians to provide unique insights.

Charles R. King's specific area of interest has always been the Roman Republic period and the Punic Wars which have fascinated him since childhood. This work not only utilizes his education and academic background, but also takes advantage of his experience as a career military officer and of physical visits to many of the significant sites of the Punic Wars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080YK19S
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4.0 out of 5 stars like it March 5 2013
By Spongy Bob - Published on
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this was too short to love but i really liked it. take home lesson cavalry was effective and decisive before the wide spread use of stirrups if deployed brilliantly on the battle field. choice of battlefield by the defender had to take cavalry into account there account.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A warrior race Dec 23 2012
By Rick Cook - Published on
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The Numidian cavalry were the backbone of Hannibal's forces in the Second Punic War. These semi-nomadic North African shepherds fought from horseback, throwing javelins. Even more than the famous elephants, they were a vital factor in Hannibal's victories over Rome.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Small Slice of Punic War History March 8 2014
By Marti Freedman - Published on
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This is more of an essay-length piece than a full length book. It is an interesting look at the tribal people of Western North Africa during the time of the Punic Wars, around 218 BC.

These people were renown for their skill with horses, and Hannibal, that clever dude, got the idea to use them as a tactical device in his ongoing wars. And he was wildly successful.

The Numidians rode bareback, no stirrups, no bridle, just a rope around the horse's neck. They had short spears, and as a group, fought on the fringes as a fluid body whose biggest asset was the ability to pursue a fleeing army and pick them off one by one. They were almost invincible.

There is, of course, a great deal more to all of this, and all of it quite fascinating. I love this stuff, especially in small doses such as this. I thought it was excellent for an amateur history buff like me, so I gave it 5 stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise overview March 15 2015
By LiveAgain - Published on
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The book focuses on the significance of Numidian Calvary during the Punic wars. Although brief, it gives a good summary of the formations, strengths, and weaknesses of this military arm of Hannibal. A short introduction for those who are starting their researchers into ancient military tactics.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef? Jan. 19 2014
By Vincent P. Tsao - Published on
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This short booklet isn't particularly well written. It doesn't seem well researched either. Mostly it seems to be assumptions about the fighting style of the Numidian light horse. I downloaded this for free and it was worth every penny paid for it.

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