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Toni Šušnjar




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PostPosted: Sat 14 Nov, 2020 10:57 am    Post subject: Evolution of archery tactics and impact of armour on the sam         Reply with quote

I had been thinking about something I noticed:

- Byzantines placed archers behind pikemen in a square, suggesting that their archers used indirect shooting:


- English and Burgundians apparently placed them to the sides of infantry


- Matthias Corvinus however placed pushkars behind heavy infantry


Archers beside infantry is reminiscent of pike-and-shot tactics and suggests direct shooting. But how does this fit with Corvinus' placement of pushkars?

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Anthony Clipsom




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Nov, 2020 2:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not sure you are seeing evolution as much as variation. Archery can be used in different ways within different tactical schemes.

As an example, the system of use wings of archers and a centre of infantry was used by the Byzantines at Taginae in 552, earlier than the Byzantine manual illustrated.

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