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The Apache culture of the latter half of the 19th century blended together the lifestyles of the Great Plains, Great Basin and the South-West, but it was their warfare that captured the imagination. This book reveals the skilful tactics of the Apache people as they raided and eluded the much larger and better-equipped US government forces. Drawing on primary research conducted in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, this book reveals the small-unit warfare of the Apache tribes as they attempted to preserve their freedom, and in particular the actions of the most famous member of the Apache tribes – Geronimo.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Historical summary of Mexican and American confrontations with the Apache peoples/ Environment & culture: the terrain of Apacheria – the Apache adaption to conditions – the raiding culture – training and leadership/ Strategy & Tactics: Evasion – Vitctorio's strategy 1879–80/ Ambush: planned ambush – killing ambush – ambush by decoy – ad hoc ambush/ Attack – ambush, attack and evasion/ Targeting of enemy horses – adaption to enemy weapons and practices – terror tactics

Product details

Published 20 Jan 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849086301
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 119
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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