Ancient Warfare Expert Rates 10 Battle Tactics In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

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Roel Konijnendijk, who has a doctorate in ancient history and is a lecturer at the University of Oxford's New College, rates 10 ancient-warfare scenes in movies and shows for realism.

Konijnendijk rates the realism of tactics portrayed in films such as “300" (2006), "Alexander" (2004), and "Braveheart" (1995). He breaks down the martial arts prowess of stars such as Brad Pitt in "Troy" (2004), Orlando Bloom in "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), and Russell Crowe in "Gladiator" (2000).

He also looks at some fantastical scenes such as the battle of Helm's Deep from "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and the battle of Winterfell from "Game of Thrones." Konijnendijk analyzes the historical accuracy of scenes from "The Last Kingdom" (2015) and "Red Cliff" (2008), and he rates the realism of the military formations, tactics, movements, and weaponry of each scene.

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Ancient Warfare Expert Rates 10 Battle Tactics In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

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chuene kgomo
chuene kgomo Před hodinou
This guy is a party pooper
Hey Bob Guy
Hey Bob Guy Před 3 hodinami
I want this guy for every video. No matter what the subject
Garrus Curiosity
Garrus Curiosity Před 5 hodinami
He should talk with "lindybeige" about that fire arrows :D
Linh Huynh
Linh Huynh Před 6 hodinami
Stopped watching midway through this video to dig ditches around my house.
Richard White
Richard White Před 6 hodinami
Into the thick of it, into the thick of it
Elendalar Před 10 hodinami
I dont think GoT deserves the 5/10, compared to Gladiator or kingdom of heaven, because not only do the cavalry charge out in front and die, they also charge at night (like never done) and the infantry IS IN FRONT of the damn ditches and therefor gets crushed against the ditches rather then having an advantage fighting from behind a burning ditch. Utter rubbish scene it deserves 1/10 only.
L Alexander
L Alexander Před 15 hodinami
Very happy that he reviewed Alexander, because it's such an underrated movie. However, the battle of Gaugamela is not where Darius ran. He ran at Issus.
Paul Peters
Paul Peters Před 16 hodinami
If you aren't digging a ditch in your front yard after watching this, you weren't paying attention.
Titania Mengyun
Titania Mengyun Před 16 hodinami
Things I learned from this video: 1. ditches 2. ditches 3. ditches 4. some vocab I can’t use in the present unless I bend some major conversation conventions 5. ditches 6. annnd, lastly but not least, put your hands up for moreee ditchess!
Edward R
Edward R Před 20 hodinami
coz a BritB0ng use trench warfare in WWI, he reconfigurated all ancient w/ ditches(even the wall is in the middle of sand and water is for bathe n drincc)
Thomas Vanweeghel
Thomas Vanweeghel Před 21 hodinou
It is not my horse I'd be worried about wasting on that guys hammer...
UnderdogTactics Před 22 hodinami
Instead of measuring these movies with just numbers, he should measure in ditches. It would drive home the point even more.
JWMGaming Před 22 hodinami
"That's probably there for no reason"🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Many ditches!
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Can we talk about his Weirwood Tree with a smiley when drawing up the battle plan for Winterfell?
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Zach Anamor Před dnem
I'm very proud that all keeps in my dnd adventures have ditches.
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This guy is obsessed with Ditches 😂
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That´s one of the reasons I can´t watch any war movie, it´s zero strategy all the time. If there was some strategy it´d add so many layers to the film. Like the number of ditches in any proper siege
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Shah Tafiq
Shah Tafiq Před 2 dny
Deceitful distraction from Marxist misinterpretations of history, particularly in Kingdom of Heaven. Yet he's happy to talk about 'waycism' in Alexander. He's a sickening Irish Marxist.
Vakes Paea
Vakes Paea Před 2 dny
Should’ve done last samurai
lost lonewolf
lost lonewolf Před 2 dny
I question myself how you ever overcome PTSD if you really have to fight on this way. Military nowadays never really look the enemies in the eyes anymore.
señorita Před 2 dny
so how do i win a battle? : ditches. what about against ice zombies? : many ditches.
Jasper Lane
Jasper Lane Před 2 dny
I agree with everything he said, but I still love braveheart. Probably the worst movie that I love.
Patrick Hoagland
Patrick Hoagland Před 2 dny
You know, I love these types of videos, but the editing in this one is terrible. We come here to actually hear from the experts, not some incoherent snapshots of what your editor thinks is interesting. In the final review of each clip he's quite clearly referring to analysis that you've cut out.
Charles André Jacobo Inocente
They: I have a army. Me: I have a ditch. They: *gasp*
Wookien Před 3 dny
When he trashed Alexander I knew that no film would satisfy him
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Mal te
Mal te Před 3 dny
1:40 that's because it IS a Fantasy Movie... I mean, it has Goat demons that play instruments and the "Immortals" look like they escaped the set of "From Dusk till Dawn". It also doesn't show the Diarchy of Sparta and makes Leonidas look like he was the only King of Sparta at that time (Sparta had a system where they would have always two equaly powerful Kings at the same time so one could go to war and one could take care of the Kingdom ) and I'm pretty positive that Xerxes most sertantly had a big black full beard because that's how persan Kings looked like back then also I'm sure he wasn't 3m Tall... 4:23 Actually in "The lord of the Rings" Orcs are vulnerable to Sun light (they say this in the movies but it doesn't come across that clear) and Gandalf is the "weilder of the flame of Anor" (he says that on the bridge in Moria when he battles the Balrog in "Fellowship"). Anor is the elvish name of the Sun and He is the weilder of the Suns flame because he wears one of the elvish Rings of Power "Narya" which gives him this ability... so in this case it works so well because of the rules within the Story. 7:20 yup... pretty much... I have nothing to add here... It's still an entertaining movie though 9:26 If you really want to see this movie butcher history look at how they handled the Gladiators 10:39 I was not aware of that. Although it sounds pretty logical. I learned something. Nice.. 13:14 Oh come on! At least Helms Deep made sort of sense in the context of the Fantasy world it took place in. The battle of Jerusalem in "Kingdom of heavens" was just nonsense... 14:37 that's a fair conclusion... 17:39 yup... pretty much... I have nothing to add here... It's still a boring movie though 18:51 Don't know the show... so okay... 20:19 makes sense...
Enycma Pie
Enycma Pie Před 3 dny
So basically ancient warfare is just a bunch of people digging holes and throwing rocks.
X B Před 3 dny
Moral of the Story. Dig a fucken Ditch.
Blair Colquhoun
Blair Colquhoun Před 3 dny
The testudo gave the Roman soldiers more space than the Gtrco0Nacediuab phalanx,
Wes B
Wes B Před 3 dny
I agree with this fellow in many things he said. But as a former infantry man I know that you would be hard pressed to dig ditches in frozen ground. Go ahead get a shovel or entrenching tool and dig a trench in 10 feet deep of frozen ground.
Turco949 Před 3 dny
If I saw this guy on the street, I'd have thought he was a Java developer or something like that, not an ancient warfare expert!
LucianoTAg Před 3 dny
Him describing my battle tactics, in the total war games, made me proud. lol
Tye Elliott
Tye Elliott Před 3 dny
I enjoyed his "im not mad, just disappointed" attitude
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"Should you find yourself fighting an army of ice zombies...."
William Gaming
William Gaming Před 4 dny
This guy is stupid ( boiling oil did not exist like that you could just pour boiling water) they used boiling oil because it will burn them both because of the boiling oil and because oil burns
the slavic fighter
the slavic fighter Před 2 dny
Lmfao, did you just correct a historian?
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He's hella hot, that brain and that honest humor.
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Spyros Depountis Před 4 dny
Confirmation of how historically inaccurate Braveheart was, and of what an abomination in general Troy was...
Paolo Sealquil
Paolo Sealquil Před 4 dny
wow after all these years if he does not point out that man that falls in the scene of troy I would never notice it lmao...
Kaddywompous Před 4 dny
Braveheart - shitty history, great movie Alexander - great history, shitty movie
MrSoundSeeker Před 4 dny
Great one! I really enjoyed his comments along with the knowledge.
R.Jack Před 4 dny
I'm bummed there was no clip of Vikings with Ivar's crazy battle strategies. I would have been interested in how this guy rated those.
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Ditches won’t matter if the zombies use their swarm intelligence to fill the huge gap with their own bodies
jack5001ful Před 5 dny
Its ironic that he gave alexander a 9/10 because everyone hated that movie. lol
Svenya Helu
Svenya Helu Před 5 dny
Waittt, so the spartans didnt always fight in formation? (in the Persian war)
Luis Tiago
Luis Tiago Před 5 dny
Muito bom.
Amadeus Před 5 dny
If I make a war movie I promise to build a ditch just for this guy alone
Amadeus Před 5 dny
I feel like what hollywood misses is that people are afraid of dying 😂😂😂 they aren’t charging in at each other and stabbing left and right. people actually want to live they are organized why do you think we have generals if they all ran into each other on a field we wouldn’t really need generals. You can war very interesting because it is very interesting it’s a massive fight for survival and generals come up with very interesting ways of winning. You make people look stupid when they all charge in at once every movie does this. You not only lose the emotional connection with your characters but it becomes very disconnected and chaotic people like order. War is controlled mass murder not chaotic random violence
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Angry Reaper Před 5 dny
Boiling oil is NOT the same as Boiling oil...
yodafaq Před 5 dny
Does he have a part 2? Can I have the link 😂
Joao Mello
Joao Mello Před 5 dny
I subscribed just cause of him! What a legend!
Raj Mori
Raj Mori Před 6 dny
I hate this guy 😂
Boris Před 6 dny
Why am i not surprised game of thrones was on this list ???
diangelos Před 6 dny
Best guest on this series so far!
Diego Landa
Diego Landa Před 6 dny
Jesus Christ loves you
64kdwg Před 6 dny
Dude is that low key prof that fails EVERYONE in his class. 🤣
Thicc Kevin
Thicc Kevin Před 5 dny
Just write dig more ditches and he will give you an A+
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson Před 6 dny
“Just throw rocks” I like it, good advice
Alan Deli
Alan Deli Před 7 dny
If you refuse to humble yourself before Jesus Christ and call upon his name and ask him to save you with contrition, you will be cast into the lake of fire with no rest, day or night. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Heb 9:27) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
Anthony Siemaszko
Anthony Siemaszko Před 7 dny
This man seems to be more of an expert in digging than ancient warfare !
Ethan Oyston
Ethan Oyston Před 7 dny
"Ditch expert critiques 10 movies without ditches"
Eaazzy Z
Eaazzy Z Před 7 dny
Made me sad that it didnt show more from the Last Kingdom, such amazing battle scenes, i love that show
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Ransak Reject
Ransak Reject Před 8 dny
Ditches. Gotchya
pepe the frog
pepe the frog Před 8 dny
Me who's currently writing a fantasy story in a medieval setting: “write that down! Write that down!”
pepe the frog
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@wolfrainexxx 😂
wolfrainexxx Před dnem
@pepe the frog *Uses keyboard as a shovel*
pepe the frog
pepe the frog Před dnem
@wolfrainexxx let's protect your comments from youtube! Let's dig a ditch!
wolfrainexxx Před dnem
@pepe the frog Eh, I can't see my comment here anymore. CSvid really doesn't like my comments lol
pepe the frog
pepe the frog Před 2 dny
@wolfrainexxx exactly! Haha
Spike2501 Před 8 dny
I love how he draws the weird tree with a face in the garden of the Winterfell castle.
Trojanfan666 Před 8 dny
Fantasy show.... " They should be doing this completely real thing... What are they doing in this fake world?"
Billionaire 9033
Billionaire 9033 Před 8 dny
If Jocko was born in ancient times. We will all be his decendants.
kev3d Před 9 dny
"...or you can just throw rocks. They cost you nothing, they take no preparation, and you just throw them at people and they get hurt. It's great."
delieyo01 Před 9 dny
I wanna see this mans Credentials
delieyo01 Před 9 dny
Nobody: Absolutely Nobdy: Battle Historian Expert: Did you dig your Ditch?
King Vergaz
King Vergaz Před 9 dny
Where is your ditch? where are my snipers? Why hasn't a marriage been organized yet?
Wolfsong 27
Wolfsong 27 Před 9 dny
These tactics are rubbish 2/10 ditches.
rae _halvi
rae _halvi Před 10 dny
woah im hooked by his voice 👀
drunkpervertedmonk Před 10 dny
4:08 - most savage comment.
David Do
David Do Před 10 dny
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Brigada91 Před 10 dny
20:33 mins and what I learned is.. basically dig ditches. Lots of ditches. When you done, dig another one. LOTS OF DITCHES
Mustafa Escobar
Mustafa Escobar Před 10 dny
I want to see the sky react to the eagle
Jose Guilherme Soares
Roel after suffering much bullying at school decided to study history. "Ditch boy" as he was popularly known had an entrenched view on siege warfare and wasn't very popular with his peers. They stopped inviting him to blockbusters where he was commonly shouting for more ditches and less fire!
I don't really like his comments. But they make sense
Kuningaz Před 6 dny
Why would you not like them? Lol
Adolfo Aguirre
Adolfo Aguirre Před 10 dny
Why is this man not a war advisor in the Pentagon?
Arnold Stijnen
Arnold Stijnen Před 10 dny
"If you can get this close to cavalry, why not stab them?" Ok, I get it! ;)
Witch Returns
Witch Returns Před 11 dny
Same goes with dating in movies 😏
Ricardo Stanovoy
Ricardo Stanovoy Před 11 dny
I would want him to fully react to the Battle of the Bastards
Zoya N
Zoya N Před 9 dny
Yeah i thought they'd show that one too rather than the Battle of Winterfell! Battle of the Bastards was much more clever and interesting to watch imo
Ours K85
Ours K85 Před 11 dny
"They just made them into savages. Why would you make them into savages? They are sophisticated people" This guy really need to learn about sociology and not just war tactics. First of all they did not have chainmail because they were starved and oppressed by British with taxes and taxes. Second the blue war paint is based on their ancestors at time they fighted romans and prior to that i.e. Boudicca. It's like saying Oh why the native americans did wear ancient war paints while fighting in the colonial wars and even ww1 and ww2? Oh and why they used bows arrows and rocks when whites had guns and cannons available back then? Not smart at all....
the slavic fighter
the slavic fighter Před 2 dny
This guy's job is to talk about historical accuracy, so he did it. Just because you think someone can raise an medieval army and win a bunch of battles while wearing no chainmail and charging his enemies head on doesn't mean that he is wrong.
Sid Arthur Gortimer
Sid Arthur Gortimer Před 10 dny
But they actually did wear chainmail, and nobody in britain had been wearing blue war paint for centuries at that point. You can come up with plausible sounding explanations for why the movie portrays them in that way, but the problem is that it still isn't true.
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