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Here's an example of using science as magic. According to Herodotus, Thales of Miletus predicated a solar eclipse (some say lunar eclipse), possibly the one of May 28, 585 BC. This eclipse interrupted a battle between the Medes and the Lydians. ...just as the battle was growing warm, day was on a sudden changed into night. This event had been ...


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There were numerous "divine visions" that the commanders relayed to their troops, as in Constantine did; one can call those beliefs in magical help, I guess. The practice didn't quite end in medieval times. During WWI Russians used projectors to display an image of Virgin Mary on overhead clouds to convince the troops of divine support of their cause. From ...


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It depends on your exact definition of magic. Magic in the broad sense was used a lot. Greek and Roman armies would never start a battle without a sacrifice. If the sacrifice was not accepted by the gods they would wait, then make another sacrifice etc. According to their accounts, magic was also used by barbarians. By Britons, for example. The use of magic ...


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Lots. Probably the most well-known example is that the Jews used to take their God (inside the Arc of the Covenant) into battle with them. (Of course in their accounts, the magic often worked). A much more modern version came out of the Ghost Dance of the late 19th Century. Through a combination of native and Mormon theological elements, a group of Lakota ...


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The Battle of Kosovo (Serbian: Косовска битка/Kosovska bitka, Turkish: Kosova Meydan Muharebesi) took place on 15 June 1389 between the army led by the Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović, and the invading army of the Ottoman Empire under the command of Sultan Murad Hüdavendigâr. The army under Prince Lazar consisted of his own troops, a contingent led by ...


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During the Soviet-Finnish "Winter War" of 1939/40 the Soviets attempted to outflank the Finns many times over frozen lakes and the Gulf of Finland. Well-supplied Finnish coastal artillery would blast great holes in the ice, swallowing the exposed Soviet infantry. [February 10th & 11th] the Russians tried for the first time to outflank the ...


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No, it was important because the Spanish fleet was annihilated and a substantial chunk of French ships were captured along with numerous French soldiers. In warfare simply destroying valuable assets of the enemy, like ships, has a strategic value.



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