Army of John Hunyadi and Matthias Corvinus

Become a Patron! Recruitment and organization John Hunyadi Both Hunyadis utilized army which was a combination of mercenaries and feudal banderia (banners – Exercitus Banderialis). Occassionally the army would be supplemented by Exercitus Generalis – a general call to arms, which would basically mean everyone capable of bearing arms. This Exercitus Generalis may be the... Continue Reading →

Heavy Cavalry vs Infantry: Impact of Cavalry Charge

Become a Patron! Introduction Heavy cavalry appeared in Western Europe after 6th century campaigns of Belisarius, when Roman cataphractii made major impression on western barbarians. Before that, it was only really used in the East: Persians had founded cataphracts after conflicts with Greeks. Before that, they only used light cavalry (archers and javelinmen). On Greek... Continue Reading →

How Powerful Was Ar-Pharazon’s Numenor?

Population growth Maximum theoretical population This is the maximum population that island of Numenor could support with its resources. Land area of Numenor is some 167 961 square miles, or 435 017 square kilometers. France in 1345 – the medieval height of its population – had 20 million people, with area of maybe 550 000... Continue Reading →

Tactical Overview – The Unsullied

Ser Jorah Mormont claims – multiple times – that the Unsullied are the finest infantry in all the world, but since Ser Jorah and reality are not exactly on talking terms, that claim ought to be put to test. Tactics and organization Unsullied are described as utilizing typical phalanx tactics. In the legend of Three... Continue Reading →

Clash of Empires – Mordor vs Westeros

FORCE SIZE AND COMPOSITION Total number of forces should be as follows: Mordor158 00095 000 orcs (infantry, cavalry?)23 500 Southrons (infantry, cavalry, Mumakil)27 500 Easterlings (infantry, cavalry)12 000 Corsairs (naval infantry – slaves as rowers), cca 300 shipsWesteros388 000179 600 infantry (est. - assuming 20 000 infantry Vale and Dorne each)49 900 cavalry152 500 navy... Continue Reading →

Strategy of Sauron

Overview Second Age Sauron's strategy was logistically and tactically sound, but he made a very basic mistake. Essentially, he failed to understand his enemies, whereas his enemies understood him. Through history, Sauron has adapted his strategies to overcome obstacles. But one constant weakness was his pride. He refused to subject himself to judgment of Valar... Continue Reading →

Military of Westeros 4 – Conclusions and Implications

Conclusions Evidence supports both views – that of a professional or semi-professional militaries, and that of an untrained rabble. But overall weight of evidence supports the view of semi-professional militaries, albeit with no organized system of strategic or tactical training for commanders. Logistical and military engineering capabilities are also limited compared to Roman and Byzantine... Continue Reading →

Military of Westeros 2 – Tactics

Tactics General Despite advanced armour, archers are still significant force. In AGoT it is stated that "two hundred determined archers can hold the Neck against an army". While a lot of that is due to local geography, fact that archers are so effective may indicate that most troops do not have high-quality armour. This is... Continue Reading →

An Argument for War

Catelyn waited until they had quieted. “My lords,” she said then, “Lord Eddard was your liege, but I shared his bed and bore his children. Do you think I love him any less than you?” Her voice almost broke with her grief, but Catelyn took a long breath and steadied herself. “Robb, if that sword... Continue Reading →

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