By Leo Kessler
The Fuhrer's orders have been clear—conquer Mount Elbrus, optimum top within the Caucasus mountains. yet there have been difficulties: Elbrus was once in the back of the Russian strains; the path to the mountain used to be blocked by way of adversarial Cossack tribesmen; and the fanatical pink Ravens, Stalin's elite corps of girls commandos, have been devoted to guard the mountain's secrets and techniques. in particular, the mountain itself, aloof and undefiled, used to be safe through sour chilly, savage winds, skinny air, and treacherous traverses—it was once a killer. just one unit within the German military may wish to fulfil the Fuhrer's demand—one unit with the mandatory blend of bawdy, reckless braveness and elan, of exceptional management and matchless abilities: Stormtroop Edelweiss
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By comparison with the continental European experience, where the Vikings’ infamous siege of Paris in 885⁄6 made a king of the Frankish defender Count Odo, the student of Anglo-Saxon England might be forgiven for assuming that siege warfare was uncommon before 1066. There are cases of armies sitting outside fortifications, but these do not seem to have lasted long. ) into which Guthrum’s army had retreated after the defeat at Edington may have been extraordinary for its long duration, especially as, according to Asser, King Alfred had seized all the men, cattle and horses he had found outside the fortification.
32v) 32 3/3/09 12:16 Page 32 against the army of William the Conqueror in 1066 and even Ealdorman Byrhtnoth’s mustered force against the army of Olaf Trygvasson and Swein Forkbeard in 991, battle in the open field may have been preferred, although this may at least have been a concession to warrior pride. If the leader in charge of the defence of a burh was to mount an effective defence he needed to keep forces in reserve ready to ensure that even if walls or gate were breached, an attacking army could not carry through the advantage, as defenders would be moved from one part of the fortification to another relatively quickly.
However, an isolated hilltop burh would have been much less appealing. Kent). As the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded, this allowed the Vikings to take the burh with great ease in 892. The proportions of able-bodied men designated for work within the fortifications suggests that many of the people had to make their living from the urban economy, and a fine line might be drawn between seeing the occupants as warriors or ‘civilians’. If Alfred had expected as many as 27,000 men to be involved in the defence of the fortifications, the pressure on the cost of supplying these men may have been relieved by allowing the garrisons to earn something of a living within the towns into which they had been transplanted.
Blood Mountain by Leo Kessler