Ancient Chinese Armies

Posted August 4th, 2015 by Suzy

Armor-piercing arrowheads indicate on their application against the heavily armed enemy. The presence of a complex battle of bows and arrows involves the use of soldiers tsinskimi placer order – stretched along the front building, the scope of the flanks, firing from a distance flight of arrows, feigned retreat, etc. Main troop core comprises the columns of infantrymen with Polearms and bladed weapons, and and chariots. Armour and arms in the wagons suggest a rather different ways of applying this type of equipment. With a remote means of warfare (crossbow, bow) chariot warriors shot enemy at a distance, and drawing closer – used the pole arms (hammer, trident). Thus, references to various uses Klevtsov et found in the inscriptions made on them.

While some called “a cart ge”, others – “Infantry et. Thus, after the bombing, carried out by crossbowmen and archers, infantry ranks parted, skipping ahead chariots, continuing to fire from a distance, broke into the ranks of the enemy. Having of weapons means close combat, as well as protective armor, tsinskie soldiers receive tangible benefits over the lightly armed and most unprotected opponent in a convergence of opposing parties. This suggests that one of the tactics tsinskoy army was firing distance, after which the soldiers tried to force the enemy melee. And in terms of the direct approach, Marines could attack: in the middle distance, throwing spears at an enemy pi; to nearest, using spears and lances mao pi on long shafts, Klevtsov, tridents, and six in the close-in fighting – swords. Accounting for the bulk of the troops, heavily armed Marines were inactive, and are unlikely to participate in the attacks themselves. But, thanks to its security, could well hold the defense. The presence of weapons among the piercing arrowheads and bolts, “infantry” Klevtsov ge, “” sword jian (jia jian “) and copies proves that tsinskoe army could not withstand the complexities and heavily armed opponent.

In this scenario, the attack, as in the case of lightly opponent started with a remote firing bows and crossbows. But the melee was imposed not immediately – the arrows were to inflict the greatest possible damage to the enemy’s manpower. And then, depending on the situation, the battle could join: chariot parts – remote or chariots fighting, harassment of the retreating enemy, the infantry – the battle for middle distance or close combat, cavalry units – the persecution of the retreating opponent. The cavalry is represented by terracotta figures of men and horses in the second dig, apparently, is a unit that could perform intelligence functions, or pursued retreat of the enemy. Having conducted a similar analysis, we can not say with absolute confidence that all statements made are true. It may well be that all was not well, and Clay figures are arranged in random order. But so far excavated in the monument is not an end, and a similar pattern of arrangement of soldiers, chariots and horses preserved. Statistics – are stubborn things!

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