July 21st, 2004
Re: What part of the Middle Ages? info
Originally Posted by OldArmyDoc
Originally Posted by dsj
During the middle ages I mean.
During the first 3 centuries AD and last two BC, I would vote for the Roman Legions and the Irish Fianna (who butchered the Roman Legions.)
In the Early Middle Ages the Huns were very effective defeating the Roman Legions forcing them to emply barbarian cavalry. The Byzantine Army was impressive in the 6th Century only to be swept away by the Ummayad Arab Light Cavalry of the 7th and 8th Centuries. In the 10th to 12th Centuries the Norman Knight controlled the battlefield until Agincourt when the Bowmen took prominence. Meanwhile the mounted Mongol mounted archers of the 13th Centuries were amost undefeatable. Then the Swiss Pikemen of the Habsburg Armies gained prominence until their defeat and annhilation at Rocroi. The Ottoman Sultanate's Armies using gun powder artillery, excellent cavalry, and the elite Jannissary Troops was dominant the 14th-17th Centuries.
I think that there are some inaccurcies. The arab calvary was not that effective which some people might think. They were defeated at poitiers by the french heavy infantry in heavy armour. And after wards the french had more raids on them than they did on the french. The mongol horsemens were defeated at Grobnok and Kladsko and suffered very heavy losses and hit the mongol force hard and reduced it by great numbers. That was the true reason I believe that the mongols withdrew. The Ottomans was much weaker than the europeans. The europeans during the late middle ages have grown way more powerful than any other culture. They also had cannons and handguns plus way better armour, bows naval technology castles and Siege skills. The swiss pike men could be defeated by any combined forces. alone, Longbows, Arquebusiers, crossbow men would have defeated them