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J. Lee





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PostPosted: Sat 08 May, 2010 7:54 am    Post subject: Issue of Ottoman sipahis slashing western pikemen's pike tip         Reply with quote

Some writings on ottoman military, including "The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe" mentions ottoman sipahis slashing western pikemen's spear tips with their sabres. From what I can recall, similar account also appears in Charles Boutell's book about history of arms and armour. Are there any primary sources supporting such claims?
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Sun 09 May, 2010 4:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Can't remember any, and just like similar accounts--the Roman cavalry riding across the Macedonian front and breaking the pikes at Pydna comes to mind--I prefer to put this in the "highly dubious" bin. It might have been done by desperate individuals or small groups but I strongly doubt its overall effectiveness as a deliberate tactical device.
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