Why are hordes so invincible? Dec 29, 2020 16:08:20 GMT
Post by stevie on Dec 29, 2020 16:08:20 GMT
Oh no they ca-hah-hah-hah-haaaan't!
(this is all moot since if hordes work in a wargaming context who cares about their historical niceties?)
Modern attempts to recreate in-formation line relief all forget that when you have lethal weapons and your opponents also have lethal weapons and fully intend to kill you, everything changes. You cannot be distracted for an instant and you need to maintain your full fighting capability......
...and a tired man is not going to fight as well as the fresh man waiting behind him.
Being a bit of a lazy bugger myself, I refuse to believe that those in the front rank fought
continuously for a couple of hours or more while those behind them merely stood around
chatting about their next holiday.
And the fact that the ancient scholars don’t seem to mention line relief is probably because it’s
blatantly obvious...tired men don’t fight as well as fresh men, and fighting makes men tired.
I strongly believe that those ancient warriors, who had to live, fight, and die in those ancient
battles, knew what they were doing, and they knew far more about ancient warfare than we
do today...even if our modern minds cannot conceive of how exactly they did it.
Even untrained undisciplined disordered barbarian warriors would know when their right arm
was becoming tired, so would have the sense to step back for a bit of a rest to get their breath
back...especially when they see their opponent doing the same thing and they now have to
face a new fresh and rested fighter.
It’s only when you step back and find none of your rearward mates are willing to step forwards
to take your place does the entire formation begin to recoil and start to waver.
But I do agree with you about the casualty ratio.
Strange as it may seem (and unlike what is portrayed in Hollywood films), most of the soldiers
in an ancient battle never killed or even wounded ANY of the enemy! How could they? If every
man in an 40,000 strong army achieved just a single kill, then every single man in the opposing
40,000 strong army would be dead!
I bet that around the campfires later that evening very few of the victorious soldiers could boast
about actually achieving a kill (other than during a pursuit, when the fleeing enemy was unable
to fight back).