Military Miniatures Toy Soldiers Painted In St. Petersburg

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War Elephants , Chariots & Dioramas

Tin Figures of War Elephants & Chariots: The first use of war elephants in Europe was made in 318 BC by Polyperchon, one of Alexander’s generals, when he besieged Megalopolis (Peloponnesus) during the wars of the Diadochi. He used 60 elephants brought from Asia with their mahouts. Hannibal himself had often ridden an elephant. Its name, according to his story, was Surus, meaning ”the Syrian”. During the Second Punic War, Hannibal famously led an army of war elephants across the Alps—although unfortunately many of them perished in the harsh conditions. The surviving elephants were successfully used in the battle of Trebia, where they panicked the Roman cavalry and Gallic allies.

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