Ancient Armies of the Middle East (Men-at-Arms, Volume 109) by Terence Wise

By Terence Wise

This article via Terence clever explores many of the interesting peoples who comprised the traditional armies of the center East: the Sumerians, who have been the 1st to introduce using bronze into war, and have been centuries prior to the Egyptians within the use of the wheel – The Akkadians, whose citizen military used to be composed virtually solely of sunshine troops – The Babylonians, whose humans have been granted land in go back for military provider – the horned warriors of the Elamites – the Egyptians, with thier heavy spearmen and archers – the tribal and warlike Libyans – Nubians and Ethiopians – Hyksos – the armies of the Hittite Empire – the ocean humans and others.

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E1: Trooper, Cazadores del Rímac, 1880 Formed on March 26, 1880, this regiment had two squadrons, one of mounted fusiliers and the other of lancers. The regiment was completely turned out as per the Chilean Carabineros de Yungay, with that unit’s clothing and equipment from the captured transport ship Rímac. The only prescribed difference from the original Chilean uniform was a brass bugle-horn badge that should have been worn on the képi and collar to replace the Carabineers’ crossed carbine-and-saber, shown here.

A dark brown sling supports the classic Chilean caramañola water bottle, not visible here (see Plate C2). The weapon (just visible hanging beside his leg) is a Spencer carbine, the most common alternative to the Winchester; officers frequently had Lefaucheux revolvers. Again, the saber is a French M1839 Chatellerault. B3: Trooper, Carabineros de Yungay, 1881 This unit was formed on May 8, 1879, soon after the beginning of the war. Like the other two cavalry regiments, for the 1880 Lima campaign it received new light blue-gray campaign uniforms.

Some units on the right wing fought bravely, but this makeshift force had no chance of victory against Chilean veterans. The small core of the forces organized by Cáceres was provided by veterans of previous campaigns, but the real key to the Peruvian successes in the Sierra were the bands of guerrillas recruited from the Quechua Indian villages, who naturally had the advantage of intimate knowledge of the terrain. Being mountaineers born and bred, they could walk for enormous distances and climb to great altitudes; unlike the Chileans sent into the Andes, they were unaffected by the cold or by the puña (altitude sickness).

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