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War Elephants

By: John M Kistler

333 pages, 37 halftones

Greenwood Publishing Group

Hardback | Nov 2005 | #156842 | ISBN: 0275987612
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This work tells the largely forgotten tale of war elephants. 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 were used as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. They have also been cut, speared, bombed, and napalmed for their efforts. Although some believe that elephants were mere gimmicks of warfare, Kistler discredits that notion. His book sets out 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. This is the story of their largely forgotten role in the history of warfare.


Acknowledgments; Dedication; Foreword by Dr. Richard Lair; Introduction; Useful Orphan; Early Contests; Beauty and the Beasts; Fill of Blood; Improvements; The Elephant Mystery; The Horror; Alexander's Opinion; Death on the Nile; Marching; Slege; Cavalry Killers; The Elephant Industry; Unmitigated Gauls; The Elephant of surprise; Flaming Pigs; Chaos in the Streets; Regulus; Proud Mahouts; Cruelty; Lions Brood; Dangerous Waters; Treacherous Paths; Best Laid Plans; Stalemate; Hasdrubal; Rome's Genius; Asia versus Africa; Day of Slaughter; Weapons of Massive Destruction; Guerrilla War; The Running of the Bulls; Pompey's Circus; The Herd of Julius Caesar; Arrogant Emperors; Sackcloth and Ashes; Breach of Faith; Year of the Elephant; Medleval Asia; Charlemagne and Frederick; Plump and Ready; Mongol Hordes; Pyramids of Skulls; Thais and Burmese; The Great Mahout; Beasts of Burden; Mighty Engineers; Targets of Opportunity; Epilogue; Endnotes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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JOHN M. KISTLER is Acquisitions Librarian at Utah State University. 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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