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December 28th: Posted new animation today; Battle of Grunwald is now available for viewing.

September 27th: Posted new animation today, contributed by Mohammed Zaid; Battle of Ain Jalut is now available for viewing.

After a busy summer of travelling, I am ready to begin posting new animations of my own so check back soon!

May 31st: Posted new animation today; Battle of Ruspina is now available for viewing.

I strongly encourage you to check out Field of Glory Digital by Slitherine, a PC version of ancient-medieval tabletop gaming. I have been playing it since December and am completely hooked.

March 27th: Posted new animation today; Battle of Maling is now available for viewing.

January 22nd: Posted new animation today, contributed by Mark Cannon; Operation Crusader is now available for viewing.

I have also finally completed the commentary for the Gallipoli animation.

January 8th: Posted new animation today, contributed by Mark Cannon; Battle of Gazala is now available for viewing.

 
December 25th: Celebrate Christmas ironically by watching a crushing defeat of Crusader forces; Battle of the Ice is now available for viewing. This battle was not slated to be animated until Season 10 but after reaching Mansurah, I felt this oft-requested battle would be much more enjoyable. The fact that a battle on ice is being released in the winter is also quite fitting.

I have also added a new poll regarding best animation of 2012.

 
December 4th: Updated a few animations in a brief wave of edits. This Christmas break I will be working diligently on new animations.
 
October 8th: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Be thankful for a new battle animation Battle of Bannockburn is now available for viewing.

September 1st: Animations are back! Battle of Cape Ecnomus is now available for viewing.

 
July 28th: After a brief hiatus due to a busy summer, there are more animations set to be posted in coming weeks. I will also be focusing on finishing up the Gallipoli commentary and posting that as well. Until then, enjoy your summer!
 
May 20th: Posted new animation today; Battle of Breitenfeld is available for viewing.
 
March 11th: Posted new animation today; Battle of Gallipoli is finally available for viewing.

I would also like to announce the tentative list of battles for Season IX:
Battle of Cape Ecnomus, 256 BC
Battle of Ruspina, 46 BC
Battle of Al Mansurah, 1250
Battle of Grunwald, 1410
Battle of Torvioll, 1444
Battle of Austerlitz, 1805
Battle of Queenston Heights 1812
Battle of Moscow, 1941

 
January 26th: Posted new animation today; Battle of Fornovo is now available for viewing.
 
January 13th: Posted new animation today, contributed by Michael Elkins; Liberation of Paris is now available for viewing.

Also, there is a new poll, requesting your feedback for best animation of 2011.

 

December 27th: Posted new animation today: Battle of Pydna is now available for viewing.

 
September 18th: Posted new animation today: Battle of Saratoga is now available for viewing.
 
September 2nd: Posted new video animation today: Battle of Ad Decimum is now available for viewing in video format.

I have also reformatted the site lay-out somewhat. I have added a resource page for suggested readings and links, which will be an ongoing project, and have made the user content page more prominent.

August 13th: Posted new animation today: Battle of Panipat is now available for viewing.

The schedule of upcoming animations has been shuffled somewhat as well. The Moscow, 1941 and Yom Kippur, 1973 animations will be postponed until Season 9 but the Battles of Bannockburn, 1314 and Mogadishu 1993 will be added to Seasons 7 and 8. My decision to animate the Battle of Mogadishu, the basis of Black Hawk Down, is a response to calls for animations depicting modern warfare. I look forward to the challenge of animating this complex battle.
 

July 30th: Posted new animation today: Battle of Tuyuti is now available for viewing.
 

July 8th: Posted new animation today: Battle of Poltava is now available for viewing. I have also re-formatted the lay-out of all battle pages to make my works consulted and legend more accessible.

The Battle of Warsaw is also now available in video format. If you wish to be notified when new battles in video format are available, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

 
June 25th: After a brief hiatus, expect more battle animations in the coming weeks. My issue right now is that I am devoting too much time and too many resources to too many battles and have not completed any animations this past week. In other words, I have not taken Stalingrad or the rich oil regions of the Caucasus.

There will be numerous upgrades to the site this summer, including a better recommended works and links page, more articles and a unique experimental animation. For now, look forward to upcoming battles in Season VIII:
Battle of Maling, 342 BC
Battle of Pydna, 168 BC
Siege of Antioch, 1097-8 (requested in 2011)
Battle of Fornovo, 1495 (requested in 2011)
Battle of Panipat, 1526 (requested in 2008; sorry for the wait!)
Battle of Breitenfeld, 1631
Battle of the Scheldt, 1944
Yom Kippur War, 1973

 
May 8th: Added new animation today; Battle of Varna is now available for viewing.
 
 
April 15th: Added new article today, contributed by Chase Englund, On the Development of Military Organization is now available for viewing.

Despite its popularity, I have replaced the Siege of Belgrade, 1456 with the Battle of Varna, 1444, due to a lack of sources. Varna is around the same time period and involves many of the same factions so it should be a worthwhile replacement for Belgrade.

 
March 6th: Added new animation today; Battle of Strasbourg is now available for viewing. Surprise! Due to difficulties associated with finding accurate maps of Turkish positions for the Gallipoli animation, I have completed this animation as a Season 7 replacement for the Battle of Kutna Hara, 1421, which had not received much enthusiasm. It may be animated in a later season.
 

February 2nd: Finally completed Waterloo commentary.

I have also added an article of my own entitled Germany’s Short War Preference and Subsequent Defeat; it was written as part of a university history course regarding the reasons for the Allied victory in World War I.
 

December 25th, 2010: Added new animation today; Siege of Damascus is now available for viewing. Merry Christmas!

Neal West’s animation, Peninsula Campaign and Second Battle of Manassas, 1862 is now available for viewing. All feedback regarding this animation should be directed to its author at ngwest36@gmail.com.

Chase Englund’s article, A Brief History of Offensive Land Tactics in the West is now available for viewing. All feedback regarding this article should be directed to its author at cce5049@psu.edu.
 

November 18th, 2010: Added new animation today; Waterloo Campaign is finally available for viewing.

Now that Waterloo is done, I can move on to new animations such as the other five people really want to see according to my old poll. For Mac users in particular: I will also be re-doing the first season of video animations to improve their video quality and making an effort to convert all of Season 3 to video format by the end of the year.This animation has demanded the most research, effort, detail and skill to date, hope everyone enjoys it.

 

October 23rd, 2010: Added new animation today; Battle of Thymbra is now available for viewing. Also added two new video animations; the Battles of Kerch Peninsula and the Trebia are now available in video format.

The Art of Battle is now on Facebook! Support the site there as well.
 

October 8th, 2010: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone! I realize there has been no new animation for quite some time. This is because the Waterloo Campaign animation is nearing completion after animating thirty-eight movement sequences. There have been a few minor changes to the next seasons’ battles: the Battle of Thymbra, 546 BC has taken the place of the Battle of Moscow, 1941 in Season VI which subsequently replaces the Battle of Lodz, 1914 in Season VII. As soon as Season VI is completed I will announce the battles for Season 8.
 

July 28th, 2010: Added new animation today; Battle of Catalaunian Plains is now available for viewing.
 

July 3rd, 2010: Added links to six new animations today; Battles of Pharsalus, Cannae, Trafalgar, the Somme, El Alamein, Arnhem, are now available for viewing on their respective sites.

Also added the first user content; Chase Englund’s article, A Brief History of Offensive Land Tactics in the West is now available for viewing. All feedback regarding this article should be directed to its author at cce5049@psu.edu.
 

June 28th, 2010: Added new animation today; Battle of Kulikovo is now available for viewing.
 
 
June 10th, 2010: Added new animation today; Battle of Ipsus is now available for viewing.

Not surprisingly, many viewers are really looking forward to the upcoming animation of the entire Waterloo Campaign. I have already begun researching for this massive animation - by my earliest estimates it will feature roughly 35 narrations and 4 battles - but due to its size will not be released for some time; smaller, more manageable animations will be released as Waterloo is completed in phases.

 

May 31st, 2010: Added new animation today; Battle of Kosovo is now available for viewing.

I have also added a new poll to try and determine which battles users want to see. Ipsus is omitted simply because it is almost finished and will be released in the next week or so.

 
 
May 23rd, 2010: Added new animation today; Battle of the Marne is now available for viewing.

With the Marne being the last animation in Season V, I would like to announce the battles that will be featured in Season VII:
Battle of Ipsus, 301 BC
Battle of Kutna Hora, 1421
Siege of Belgrade, 1456
Battle of Poltava, 1709
Battle of Saratoga, 1777
Battle of Tuyuti, 1866
Battle of Lodz, 1914
Battle of the Bulge, 1944

For Season VI, the Battle of Ulais, 633 has been dropped in favour of the Siege of Damascus, 634 which is a more interesting Khalid battle in my opinion and the Siege of Rome 537-8 has been postponed in favour of the Battle of Kulikovo, 1380 which is a classic Russian battle.
  

March 13th, 2010: Re-added eight improved, shorter video animations. Updates will become more frequent as the academic year comes to an end. I know I am looking forward to it.
 
 
February 25th, 2010: Added new animation today; The Battle of Lepanto is now available for viewing

A number of improvements to the site are still in progress although shorter, continious video animations should begin to become available in the next little while. I received overwhelming feedback to make the video animations quicker and have responded appropriately. Good call everyone!

 

December 13th, 2009: Apologies for the lack of updates in the last month. Video animations and all-new animations will follow in the next few weeks. To speed up the process, participate in the poll on the right.
 
 
November 5th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of France is now available for viewing. This animation is definitely one of my most researched and detailed animations to date.

I will be making efforts to make this site better as far as citing its content:
A research report will be submitted to a research assistant for review; it will account for all information included in the animation with citations. The report will be available for all future battles.

 
October 19th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Zama is now available for viewing.
 
 
September 28th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Daras is now available for viewing.
 
 
September 11th, 2009: Added three new video animations; the Battles of Ilipa, Yarmuk and Mexico City are now available in video format. My attention will now shift towards new PowerPoint animations for a few weeks.

I have also made some changes to upcoming animations. For Season V, Herdonia, 212 BC has been replaced by Zama, 202 BC; in Season VI, Monmouth 1778 has been replaced by Gallipoli, 1915-1916; in Season VI, Ulais 633 has become a tentative because it may be replaced by one of many of Khalid’s victories.

There is also a new poll up which I urge you to participate in. I also urge you to participate on the forums, not just this one but all of HistoryNet’s forums.

 

September 4th, 2009: Added two new video animations; the Battles of Kohima-Imphal and the River Plate are now available in video format. 
 
 
August 28th, 2009: Added three new video animations; the Battles of Nagashino, Gate Pa and Mukden are now available in video format.
 
 
August 20th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Ankara is now available for viewing!  
 
 
August 12th, 2009: Added two new video animations today; the Ulm Campaign and Battle of Mohi Heath are now available for viewing in this format. Be sure to give them good ratings on YouTube!
I also re-released a number of animations after re-edits, which seem to be constantly required to correct minor things
 
 
July 26th, 2009: Added new animation today; Six Days’ Campaign is now available for viewing. I warn you that this animation has not been fully edited and will be re-released in the very near future. I just wanted to let this long-anticipated animation out there for viewing despites its lack of perfection.

I have also added the Battle of Adrianople video animation. The rest of Season I video animations will hopefully be released by the end of the week.

Lately I have received a bunch of e-mails regarding viewers making their own animations of great battles. I am very pleased that any viewers wish to do this and I am aiming to encourage more viewers to do just that. I am entertaining the idea of setting up a page where users can contribute their own animations. What sort of criteria/standard I would use, I am not quite sure of yet but the idea is intriguing.

 
 
July 11th, 2009: Added three new video animations; the Battles of Leuctra, Hydaspes River and Leuthen are now available in video format.
I have not been idle, the Six Days’ animation proved more time-consuming that I had imagined. It is twenty narrations long, features three pitched battles and requires the finishing touches.
 
 
 June 22nd, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Worcester is now available for viewing!

I have also added the first free-flowing battle animation, narrated and available as a video file. Only the Battle of Marathon is available in this format at this time. I am understandably using this as an experiment before I make thirty-two more of them.

I have also added an option where viewers can reward my efforts with a donation to help keep my focus on The Art of Battle: Animated Battle Maps and not menial things like school and a real job.

 
 
June 12th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Cowpens is now available for viewing!

I have changed the look of the front page a little so each era is represented and it takes less effort to update with new animations.

I have also re-released a few animations after editing mostly minor things that were bothering me such as missing commas, lack of bold text etc. 

 
 
June 6th, 2009: Added new animation today; Siege of Tyre is now available for viewing!

I do not feel like waiting and so I am tentatively announcing the battles for Season V so that you, the viewer, can tell me what you think and allow me plenty of time to alter them. Here they are:
Battle of Chalons, 451
Siege of Rome 537-538
Battle of Ullais, 633
Battle of Lepanto, 1571
Battle of Monmouth, 1778
Waterloo Campaign, 1815
Battle of Sadowa, 1866
Battle of Moscow, 1941

I also want to encourage viewers to participate on the new subforum dedicated to this site.

 
 
May 31st, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Walaja is now available for viewing!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the hard-fought poll. Your interest in Christian-Muslim clashes throughout history is duly noted.

I am nearly done choosing battles for Season VI. At this time there are two spaces that I have not completely decided upon but I will release this information to you when I get Season V rolling.

 
 
May 28th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Raphia is now available for viewing!

I have also cancelled Sakarya, 1921 for Season IV due to an utter lack of sources detailing the battle. It has been replaced by another Turkish battle: Ankara, 1402, fought by Tamerlane.

You will also notice that my own History Net subforum is up and running and can be visited here or by clicking on the Forums tab and scrolling to the bottom.

I have also - wow I did a lot this week - placed the symbol guide in a more accessible place: the bottom of the home page.

 
 
May 18th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of the Wilderness is now available for viewing

Do not fret. The battles you have been waiting for are coming soon while I enjoy the summer and pump out animations. However, at some point I may divert some of my time to converting the animations to simpler, free-flowing video files.

 
 
May 7th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Gaugamela is now available for viewing

I did say I would be updating much more often now that the school year is over. 

 
 
May 2nd, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Kerch Peninsula is now available for viewing

Sorry for the slow updates as of late, this last animation just took a lot longer to complete than I expected. I am excited for the upcoming animations and will ensure they are posted expediently. Also, there will be a surprise animation to be released in the next few months; it will not feature any particular battle, campaign or war . . . well it kind of will but I will not ruin it any further. This bonus animation will be the first of a series of Special animations and will not belong to any particular season.

 
 
April 11th, 2009: Added new animation today; Battle of Blenheim is now available for viewing

I just want to encourage viewers to give me feedback and tell me what battles, campaigns, wars and new features you would like to see. E-mail me at jonwebb4290@hotmail.com; as long as your e-mail is not jibberish, I will respond.

 
 
March 24th, 2009: Added new animation today! Okay, I wish. The academic year is very nearly over so do not worry, new animations are on their way. Instead I have done two things: changed a battle from Season III and announced battles for Season V.

The Lower Dnieper Campaign, 1943 has been swapped out for the Battle of the Kerch Peninsula, 1942. In the planning stages of the Lower Dnieper animation, I came to the realization that while it was an interesting campaign worthy of a closer look, the means of presenting it were unsuitable. To animate the entire campaign itself would have meant glossing over too many vital, tactical level engagements to present the "bigger picture." The resulting product would have been a simplistic appearance of larger Soviet forces just overrunning German forces. So, I took the initiative to swap it out for Kerch Peninsula, a smaller, less time-consuming masterpiece by the same commander and the same front.

I realize announcing battles for the next season is a touch premature considering there are seven uncomplete animations from Seasons III and IV but I could not wait. Season V features eight new animations, three of which complete my first, second and third commander spotlights and two of which continue my fourth and fifth commander spotlights. I am sure you will enjoy all of them so here they are:
Siege of Tyre, 332 BC
Battle of Herdonia, 212 BC
Battle of Daras, 530
Battle of Walaja, 633
Battle of Worcester, 1651
Battle of Cowpens, 1781
Six Days’ Campaign, 1814
Battle of the Marne, 1914  

 
 
March 17th, 2009: Added new battle animation today; Battle of Quebec is now available for viewing!

As a university student, I have been juggling school-associated work and website-associated work which sometimes blend together. However! All of my assignments are due before April even begins so you, the viewer, can expect and hold me to more frequent updates and more animations. I enjoy my courses but I can not wait to put my full energy into the site.

As an avid military history student, I am sometimes labelled as loving war because I enjoy studying it. To me, this is like labelling criminologists as loving crime because they enjoy studying it. Military history is consistently omitted, even in history courses, so institutions can remain politically correct. Check out the thread on HistoryNet’s very own forum: Why Don’t More Colleges Teach Military History? For me, military history is not the study of how soldiers killed and were killed. Instead, it is the study of strategy and tactics, concepts which must be applied to all of life’s battles and campaigns.  

 
 
March 6th, 2009: Added new battle animation today; Battle of Sacheon is now available for viewing! I also added the long forgotten symbol guide on the About page.

The site has eclipsed the 1,000 hit mark! I’m currently exploring ways to increase traffic to the site. I’m looking for similiar military history sites to link to my site, considering blatant advertising and increasing content. As traffic increases, I can justify pouring more time into more animations. If you would like to help, place the link to www.theartofbattle.com in the signature of any forum accounts. If not, just continue to enjoy the site’s content.  

 
 
February 19th, 2009: Added new battle animation today; Battle of Ayacucho is now available for viewing! Past insights and observations are also now available for viewing. To some, I’m sorry, to others, you’re welcome: I’ve dropped the Battles of Thermopylae, 480 BC and the Marne, 1914 in favour of the Battles of Raphia, 217 BC and France, 1940. It’s nothing against Thermopylae and the Marne but Raphia and France will prove much more interesting and beneficial to the site. On the previous site, I posted a poll asking viewers which animation was most well-done, interesting and their favourite overall. I’m surprised Marathon received any votes and expected Yarmuk, Mohi Heath, Mexico City and Kohima-Imphal to all do well although I couldn’t have guessed Yarmuk would receive a full quarter of all votes. It appears you, the viewer, prefer the epic battles which are not decided so lightly. I noticed the more time and work the battle required to animate, the better feedback it received so this will motivate me in the animations upcoming. Anyways here they are: 
Yarmuk, 636: 25%
Marathon, 490 BC: 11%
Mohi Heath, 1241 and Mexico City, 1847: 9%
Leuthen, 1757, Dresden, 1813 and Kohima-Imphal, 1944: 6%
Hydaspes River, 326 BC: 5%
All others: <4%
If you strongy agree/disagree with the results, drop me an e-mail at jonwebb4290@hotmail.com  
 
 
February 9th, 2009: Added new battle animation today; Battle of Lake Trasimene is now available for viewing! The new site is completely up and running . . . finally!

I have clearly had some issues transferring the site’s content to pure html coding but it is all done now. For those who are new to the site, welcome and for those who have followed this site from its embyro state on a free website maker, thank you for your support which allowed all of this to happen. I know what everyone is thinking though and I can assure you that animations will once again be released on a regular basis. In the future, this space will be used to announce updates, discuss topics of interest and otherwise reach out to you, the viewer. 

 

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