1. Darth Raidius

    Greatest number of war elephants ever used?

    In the few instances I know of by heart where war elephants played a noteworthy role, they were deployed only in very small numbers: a mere 15 at Gaugamela (compared to up to 42,000 regular cavalry), 40 in Hannibal's march across the Alps (compared to 12,000 regular cavalry) and 80 at Zama...
  2. Malazan

    Recommend War elephant sources, Books, magazines, forums, community, etc.

    Hi, I have difficulty finding sources on War elephants. It doesn't seemed to be a topic that has garnered much following in the historian community. My favorite is the Indian elephant (also known as Asian elephant,) which is known to be more aggressive and is larger than the African war...
  3. F

    Elephant in the bedroom: male-female libido-age disparity

    Normally, men's libido peaks in their mid-teens up to late 20s, women's libido peaks in their 30s up to mid 40s; yet most men and women marry the ones of their own age group (within 5 years), and more often is the husband older than the wife - I mean the wife younger than the husband - to mimic...
  4. L

    Anti Elephant Tactics

    I was just playing Medieval 2 total war and was just thinking, is there any Historical tatics vs Elephants?:cool:
  5. V

    Neolithic elephant and horse- domestication in India

    Mesolithic even. The Early Man, was present and thriving in the Indian heartland which is evident from the Cave-paintings of Bhimbetka_rock_shelters in Madhya Pradesh. These paintings date from 40,000 BCE (earlier known as BC)
  6. F

    Elephant in the room in Nazi-Soviet military comparison

    People assume Soviet military can single-handedly knock out Nazi military But some things are just too obvious: Nazi military vs Soviet military = match-up of two soccer teams Lend-Lease materiel = performance enhancing substance Anglo-Ameican air campaign + ground invasion + naval...
  7. Moros

    African vs Indian elephant

    Have African elephants ever been used in a battle against Indian elephants? Which elephant is better in warfare?
  8. A Vietnamese

    War Elephant in Africa

    Have any Center or South African kingdom, empire or tribe use elephant in war?
  9. babur the beaver

    Why is the african savannah elephant was never used in war

    Just curious.the savannah elephant is larger than both the asian and the african forest elephant(2-3.5 and 4.5 vs 6 meter tall)why no large empire use it(correct me if there is sone kingdom in south africa that use savannah elephant for war)?the size alone would terrify the any forces that...
  10. M

    What if the Romans had not abandoned elephant warfare?

    Would this have allowed them to maintain a competitive edge over encroaching barbarian migrations?
  11. babur the beaver

    the effectiveness of elephant

    If i remember,elephant was only good as shock troops.they charge could be broken by pila or javelin,and pike could easily kill an elephant.what are their use except for anti-cavalry forces or shock troops?
  12. Druzhina

    Elephant and Riders on a Bactrian silver disk

    Elephant and Riders on a Bactrian silver disk. This is probably the main source for the drawing of Fig. 183 by Ian Heath in the 1982 edition of 'Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars 359BC to 146BC' by Duncan Head. The tower in the drawing is a lot taller than on the dish. It is difficult to...
  13. M

    Alexander the Great's army stopped by the fear of India's massive elephant army?

    I heard that the reason the reason why Alexander's army stopped their Indian campaign is because the further kingdoms down south were much more powerful than anything they seen even more powerful than Persia or Porus. From the sources, it is said the Indian kindoms south of the Ganges could...
  14. bunnyman987


    What are your thought on war elephants.
  15. Thessalonian

    War elephant: The ultimate weapon before the invention of cannons?

    This subject has been mentioned before in some threads, but I think it deserves its own thread for two reasons: First of all, it is a good subject for comprehensive, thorough discussion, not just scattered references in various irrelevant threads without proper bibliography, sources etc...
  16. avon

    Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

    George Orwell, Shooting An Elephant , 1936. Text available at: http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/887/ Open for discussion on Sunday, 9 May, 2010. .
  17. D

    Execution by Elephant

    Execution by elephant was, for thousands of years, a common method of capital punishment in South and Southeast Asia, and particularly in India. Asian Elephants were used to crush, dismember, or torture captives in public executions. The trained animals were versatile, able to kill victims...