The phalanx dominated Greek warfare for three centuries, but fell before combined-arms forces

Carey, Brian Todd
September 2006
Military History;Sep2006, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p69
The article provides information on the phalanx, a Greek warfare technique that uses heavy infantry formations. Sometime in the middle of the 7th century BC, a new style of warfare appeared in ancient Greece, requiring a foot soldier to forsake acts of individual valor in favor of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his comrades in a battle square. This square, called a phalanx, distinguished itself from other heavy infantry formations in the Near East in that it would evolve into a well-articulated tactical system capable of decisive offensive tactical mobility.


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