Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New military history research: The Battle of Marathon and Australia in the Vietnam War

A Journal of Maps abstract discusses the 1st Australian Task Force in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1971.  The author states that the Australians pursued a counterinsurgency campaign and engaged in thousands of seemingly inconsequential battles.  However, by mapping the battles, a picture emerges as to the importance and meaning of the battles engaged in and the results can be used by today’s commanders to better wage campaigns.
 1967 -  Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) dog handlers in Vietnam.  Private Thomas Douglas Blackhurst of Swansea, NSW (left), with Justin and L Cpl Norman Leslie Cameron of Kingston, SA, (right) with Cassius.
The Bryn Mawr Classical Review provides a full book review of Marathon the Day After: Symposium Proceedings, Delphi 2-4 July 2010, edited by Kostas Buraselis and Elias Koulakiotis.  The book assembles 16 essays which deal with many aspects of the ancient Greek Battle of Marathon (490BC).  The essays touch on the battle itself, the politics involved, the political and cultural effects of the battle in Greek history, Roman history and other cultures over time.  Some essays also discuss the cultural and political effects of the battle on other countries such as Iran, Britain and Japan.  Overall, the reviewer says the essays are written by preeminent scholars and that the book is important for the study of the battle. 
  1869 Painting by Luc-Olivier Merson of Pheidippides, the Athenian herald said to have run to Athens to  announce Greek victory over the Persians at Marathon only to die of exhaustion

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