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Organisation of the Anglo-Saxon Army c900AD.

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Originally posted by jonny87kz View Post


    Interesting. I always imagined heavy cavalry to be more an element of the middle ages than dark ages.
    If you think of the time frame, Charlemagne was ushering in the age of feudalism at this time period.

    The reason why heavy cavalry was necessary was due to the fact that invaders, and there were many different types, were fast and mobile. This included the Vikings. A royal army needed to be mobile to counter said threat.

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  • jonny87kz
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    Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post

    Given the kit of the royal army, saddles suggest half the army were actually heavy cavalry, and half were mounted light infantry or scouts.

    Local 'armies' may have been different, with a spear unit that could be hastily formed to confront a raiding party attacking a local village.

    Interesting. I always imagined heavy cavalry to be more an element of the middle ages than dark ages.

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Originally posted by jonny87kz View Post
    Did the horsemen at the time serve more as scouts and dismount to fight? Or did they actually ride into battle and fight on horseback?
    Given the kit of the royal army, saddles suggest half the army were actually heavy cavalry, and half were mounted light infantry or scouts.

    Local 'armies' may have been different, with a spear unit that could be hastily formed to confront a raiding party attacking a local village.

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  • jonny87kz
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    Did the horsemen at the time serve more as scouts and dismount to fight? Or did they actually ride into battle and fight on horseback?

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Given that death taxes of nobles supplied 4 horses, 4 spears, 4 shields, 2 saddles, 2 suits of mail & 2 helmets iirc, 2 heavy cavalrymen and 2 mounted light infantry are the result of these duties. Given that the main foe of Britain at this time was the Vikings, having a mounted response seems appropriate. Given that Charlemagne had already began feudalism as we know it at the end of the 8th century, for the same reasons, except France's enemies were far greater in number and type, the same type of rapid reaction force should not be a surprise.

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Has ACG sunk so low that a basic army composition cannot be even guessed at?

    Surely we still have Medieval scholars here?

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  • Organisation of the Anglo-Saxon Army c900AD.

    What is your opinion on its OOB/TOE? Core of elite infantry, supporting a shieldwall of Fyrd, and a few other lighter troops? A royal army of cavalry and mounted infantry? Or something inbetween?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-...my_composition

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