A History of the Art of War: The Middle Ages from the Fourth by Charles Oman

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Which was much horsemen inferior to the in importance, was, like them, divided into two descriptions, heavy and light. The scutati (o-Kouraroi), or troops of the former ' class, wore a steel helmet with a crest, and a short mail shirt ; they carried a large oblong shield (Ovpis), which, like their crests, was of the same colour as the regimental banner. Their chief securis) weapon was a short but heavy battle-axe (r&Kovpiov = with a blade in front and a spike behind they were also provided with a dagger.

The Franks and Saxons and seventh centuries were of the sixth would appear that the moors of North Germany and Schleswig, and the heaths and marshes of Belgium, were less favourable to the growth of still infantry. It cavalry than the steppes of the Ukraine or the plains of the Danube valley. The Apollinaris, Procopius, Frank, as pictured to and Agathias, still us by Sidonius bore a considerable resemblance to his Sigambrian ancestors. Like them he was destitute of helmet and body-armour ; his shield, however, had become a much more effective defence than the wicker frame- work of the first century it was a solid oval with a large iron boss and rim.

Frontline, three .. 'bounda? of about 45O Trven. eouch. Second I,in, four haJf-'basuLou of about, 225 men, couch;. C XLeserve two half-'bancbou of same force. D. E. E ~&Le ve8$oi,,or detcucliedj boobues at The are -intervals . wings,who to turn, the enemy's flanks : 225 eouch or one bandoTv together. F JlkcuxwdpukcuK&Sf troops posted to prevent similar attempts of the enemy: 285 couch, or one'barulonJ together G-. H The . D. wo-uZd- retire, when* 2"^ Hive charged'.

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