History isn’t just a record of the past. It’s a web of decisions, risks, and gambles that mold our present and future. And nowhere is that more evident than in the history of warfare, specifically, military strategy and tactics. 

It’s all about the decisions made in the heat of battle, the sweat-soaked plans drawn up in war rooms, and the split-second choices that can turn the tide of war.

Stone Age warfare (SOFREP original art)

From the dawn of civilization to our modern age, the art of war has evolved in unimaginable ways. Kings, generals, presidents, soldiers – they’ve all been players on this chessboard, weaving intricate strategies, taking calculated risks, and making history.

Let this be your enlightening journey through the corridors of military strategy and tactics and their evolution throughout history. You’re about to see warfare in a whole new light.

From Stones to Spears: The Dawn of Military Strategy

Way back, around 10,000 BCE or thereabouts, our caveman ancestors only had a little to work with – a few stones and some makeshift spears. 

But they did have an instinct for survival and the wisdom to understand the power of unity. Their strategies were simple, primitive even, but effective. They learned to hunt in packs, trap their prey, and use the surrounding environment – rivers, cliffs, dense forests – to their advantage. 

This rudimentary form of strategy was their first foray into what we today call military tactics. Believe it or not, these principles still form the foundation of today’s complex military strategies.

Iron and Fire: The Age of Empires

Jump ahead to around 3000 BCE, and you have the first great civilizations – Egypt, Sumer, Indus Valley, and later on, the Greeks, Persians, and Romans. These guys took the primitive strategies of their ancestors, refined them, and built upon them.