Phalanx: The Great Formation

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Phalanx: The Great Formation

Phalanx: The Great Formation

By Samantha MichelWorld History HonorsMr.Oglesby

Today during hand to hand battles, some troops use the Phalanx formation. It is more efficient and easier to attack.

In ancient greek times, the phalanx was a very important formation. It not only gave the warriors pride, the greeks were able to conquer more lands because of their stong army.

The Phalanx was a rectangular mass military formation composed entirely of heavy infantary armed with spears, pikes and sarissa or similar weapons

The first use of the term phalanx comes from the famous greek poet Homer. He used the word to describe Hoplites fighting in an organized battle line.

The purpose of the Phalanx was to destroy the moral of the enemy by having the opponent leave the battle field.

The change from Bronze to Iron age helped advance the importance of the phalanx as the Iron age lead to the flood of new cheaper weapons onto the market.

Formation

The Shield of The Phalanx

The Common Hoplite Warrior

A Spear Used In Battle

The Phanalx Formation

The term itself, as used today, does not refer to a distinctive military unit or division but to the general formation of an army's troops. Today during hand to hand battles, some troops use the Phalanx formation. It is more efficient and easier to attack.

KILL UNTIL SURRENDER

Greatest achievement of the Phalanx formation is that it helped the Hoplite Warriors be victorious!


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