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  • holly6
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    Originally posted by Great History View Post
    Good Evening, Mr History, A battle mentioned in the Bible says Sisera with 900 war chariots provided by King Jabin fought against an army led by Barak. The war chariots had scythes that were 1 metre (3 feet) long. How many people could be killed or injured if 900 chariots rushed against a badly armed army []


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    Your link didn't work. So let's approach your question with the information available.

    If given: the armies were drawn up in the arrays of the time: foot troops arranged in formations upon a open space.

    the chariots were a surprise addition to a battle at that time.

    Sisera knew how to use them.

    It would have been a major defeat for his opponents. Infantry up the middle, chariots with spears and arrows on the flanks, then coming into the rear. Not pretty.

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  • Delenda estRoma
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    Many civilizations used chariots at times, but it would seem most commanders knew how to defeat them. Alexander sustained few casualties against Mauryan or Achaemenid chariots.

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    How Effective Were War Chariots?

    Good Evening, Mr History, A battle mentioned in the Bible says Sisera with 900 war chariots provided by King Jabin fought against an army led by Barak. The war chariots had scythes that were 1 metre (3 feet) long. How many people could be killed or injured if 900 chariots rushed against a badly armed army […]


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