Gronan will likely know, hoping he or other knowledgeable readers can recommend a good beginners source for terminology and tactics for ancient and/or medieval warfare.
I suck at tactical thinking but would like to improve. Looking for a good basic intoduction to the meanings of military terms, formations, maneuvers, arms and armour. Is there such a beginning source, be it a historical book or an offering by gamers? I can google it but there are tons, hoping for a point from an experienced tactician/history buff.
I would like to improve tactically in my D&D playing as well as prepare for wargaming.
Just be aware that the Internet Archive one is likely the 1885 first version; there's a 1924 two volume that incoporates additional thoughts. It's still a good survey, but there are more modern works available covering narrower periods if you want a deeper dive.
I'll keep that in mind, rsdean. It's my next read. I'm in a book right now that is very fascinating, though unrelated--"The World of the Gladiator" by Susanna Shadrake. It's a pretty good look at the development of the games (I hate calling them that), the arms and armour, the amphitheatres, and the training and life of a gladiator. Lot of archeological information with a huge amount of illustrations and photos.