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Crusader Battle (Horns of Hattin)

Crusader Battle (Horns of Hattin)

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In-depth look at the battle of Horns of Hattin . This battle crushed the Crusades for many years
In-depth look at the battle of Horns of Hattin . This battle crushed the Crusades for many years

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 The Battle of the Horns of Hattin (3-4 July 1187) Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour
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 The Battle of the Horns of Hattin (3-4 July 1187) Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour
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Figure 1: Map of Routes (Ancient and Walking), Camps, and Stands (Numbers)
 The Battle of the Horns of Hattin
(3-4 July 1187)
Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour
byBrian L. Steed
 The main and principal point in war is to secure plenty of provisions and to destroy the enemy byfamine.
—Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus or Vegetius, military theoretician (circa 450 AD)
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 The Horn of Hattin was believed to be the very Mount of Beatitudes where the Saviour taught thepeople the blessedness of peace. The Mount now bore witness to “not peace, but a sword.”
—Stanley Lane-Poole, historian (1898)
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1
France,
Victory in the East
, 42.
2
Lane-Poole,
Saladin: The All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam
, 216; this is an unabridged reprint of theedition first published in Great Britain in 1898.
 
 The Battle of the Horns of Hattin (3-4 July 1187) Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour
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 The material in this was originally published in
Piercing the Fog of War: Recognizing Change on the Battlefield:Lessons fromMilitary History, 216 BC through Today, Zenith Press, 2009.
Map, aerial photo, and satellite images used in the work are taken from Google Earth and Google Maps.All opinions and suppositions expressed in this work are entirely those of the author and in no way reflect thepositions, opinions, or policies of the Jordanian Armed Forces, the United States Army, the United StatesDepartment of Defense, the United States Department of State, or any official or agency of the Hashemite Kingdomof Jordan or the United States government.
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 Table of Contents iiList of Figures/Tables/Maps iiiIntroduction 1Geographical Setting 2Units Involved 4Key Leaders in Battle 8Historical and Grand Strategy Context 15 Thoughts Before Battle 20Operational Context 21 Technical Context 22Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour Stands 23Stand 1: Saforie 23Stand 2: Golani Junction 26Stand 3: Horns of Hattin 30Battlefield leadership 34Significance 35Lessons Learned: Principles of Conflict 36Conclusion 37Selected Bibliography 41

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