To Wage War
530 AD, Iberian War. The Sassanid Persians have the Byzantine Empire outnumbered two-to-one. Can Flavius Belisarius deploy his troops to meet the challenge of the famous Persian Zheydan? Artwork by the US Military Academy Atlas for Ancient Warfare.
1071. Byzantine-Seljuk War. The Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV attempts to defeat the Seljuk Turks to stop the problem of raiding and secure his newly won throne. Sultan Alp Arslan is outnumbered, but not unwilling to play the game. Strategic planning, tactical mistakes, and political infighting all show up on the board game of history. Artwork by O. Mustafin, Istanbul Military Museum
To Wage War Episode7 - Why We Fight
1097, The First Crusade. The Seljuk Turks attempt to crush the Norman vanguard of the First Crusade. Can the speed and mobility of the Turks overcome the heavy armor of the Normans? Formation are key, but morale takes center stage in central Anatolia on one hot day. Painting by Gustav Dore
1302, Franco-Flemish War. The Flemish tradesmen, angered by high taxes and contempt of French feudal leadership, rise up against King Phillip IV. Can the urban population of Flanders use their militia training against the flower of French chivalry? Changes in equipment, tactics, and the importance of social class come to a head on the muddy fields outside of Courtrai. Oil painting by James Emerson.
To Wage War Episode 5 - The Best Laid Plans
1914, World War I. The Imperial German high command, led by Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, has a plan for winning a two-front war, and the first stop is Belgium. Can the German plan survive under the new technologies that comprise modern warfare?
To Wage War Episode 4 - The Sum of its Parts
Thirty Years War, 1631. The Catholic League is winning the war, but a new challenger in Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus Magnus has entered the conflict on the side of the Protestant Union. Can his new combined arms tactics reverse the course of the war?
To Wage War Episode 2 - The Fog of War
Crimean War, 1854. The British settle for a siege of Sevastopol, and the Russians attempt to break it on a foggy November morning. What honor and horror await in the fog of war? Painting is "The Battle of Inkerman" by Orlando Norie