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What makes you think that the eastern Roman or "Byzantine" army was helpless against cavalry? What makes you think that heavy cavalry and heavy infantry would be useless against enemy cavalry forces? What makes you think that the "Byzantine" army didn't also have light cavalry and light infantry, etc., etc.? Here is a link to an article about "Byzantine" ...


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Acutally sometimes they were quite armoured. Yes you can pay upto 10-15 men's worth of armour with the same expenses but elephants were extremely costly and required enormous amounts of effort to train and maintain. They were often large targets and were susceptible to spearmen and arches, so it's plausible that they would be given protection from them with ...


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What is an ambush? A surprise attack by a concealed force. What does it take to ambush the same enemy force twice? Either two separate ambushing forces, or one ambushing force that has broken contact after the first ambush. What does it take to ambush in the same place twice? Nothing special, actually. There are plenty of reasons why a force might have ...


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If you believe you have secured the location, it's fair to assume there won't be an ambush there when you come back some time later. If there is, it means you did something seriously wrong suppressing the first ambush and securing your rear (assuming you didn't do what the Americans did in Vietnam which was to secure a site, then draw back from that site ...


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The typical Viking shield would be an awkward tool to put in a wall. They were light weight and held out straight (like one might mimic with a trash can top) ideal for jabbing an opponent... and defensively could easier deflect the force of a blow... as compared to a heavier hardwood or steal shield, which were held by a handle and forearm strap, which had ...


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