By David Nicolle, Angus McBride

Even though the Byzantine Empire used to be a continuation of the Roman Empire and confronted comparable army difficulties, its strategies have been very diversified. In North Africa, for instance, Romes huge military focused on securing major roads and concrete centres. Byzantiums smaller military equipped extra fortifications and took a shielding stance. the main remarkable attribute of later Byzantine army considering was once, despite the fact that, the topic or provincial military method, which owed not anything to old Roman culture. With 8 really good complete color plates via Angus McBride, and plenty of different illustrations, David Nicolle examines the background of Romano-Byzantine armies from 4th-9th centuries.

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He was the warlord who tied the horses to the boy’s limbs, or so they said. ” Dostum wore a black suit and a tie that day. He had a flat, Central Asian face, cropped hair and a black mustache; he looked like a cross between a professional wrestler and a funeral director. “I heard you were a cigar smoker,” Richardson said, stepping off the plane and holding out his hand. Sheberghan was on the Afghan steppe, flat as a tabletop and treeless as far as you could see. Next to our plane sat a pair of MiG-21 fighter jets, Soviet made, rusty and tan with the green triangle of the Afghan flag.

I thought of Wali’s foot soldiers, the young men in white turbans who cruised the streets in their Hi-Luxes. “We also ask men to grow beards,” said Wali, who had a large beard himself. ” Trim their mustaches? *“Purdah,” which means “curtain” in Farsi, refers to the practice of shielding women from the view of men, by clothing or other means. 32 the forever war “The mustache should not cover the lips,” he said. Wali shifted uncomfortably in his seat, taking the weight off his bad ankle. “We also get hold of men who do not have beards,” he said.

Then they went to Dostum’s villa, ornate and monstrous as you would imagine. I waited outside. As I loitered in the street, I met a group of women who had been gathered there to greet Richardson when he came in. There were five of them, physicians it turned out, and they had walked over from Jozjan Hospital. They wore their white medical coats and the casual head scarves that Uzbek women wore that barely concealed their hair. They were hoping to meet Ambassador Richardson. They seemed genuinely frightened.

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