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9th Oct '16 6:39:24 PM WillKeaton
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* In the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guldensporenslag Battle of the Golden Spurs (1302)]], the Flemish forces managed to [[CurbStompBattle thoroughly trounce]] and demoralize the French cavalry thanks to several tactical advantages:

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* In the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guldensporenslag Battle of the Golden Spurs (1302)]], (1302),]] the Flemish forces managed to [[CurbStompBattle thoroughly trounce]] and demoralize the French cavalry thanks to several tactical advantages:
9th Oct '16 6:38:52 PM WillKeaton
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** It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Zan (斬) = Slash[[note]]Or strike[[/note]], Ba[[note]]Normally "Uma"[[/note]] (馬) = Horse, To (刀) = Sword.

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** It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Zan (斬) = Slash[[note]]Or strike[[/note]], Slash,[[note]]Or strike[[/note]] Ba[[note]]Normally "Uma"[[/note]] (馬) = Horse, To (刀) = Sword.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry_square Infantry Squares]]. Although this formation dates back to the Roman era, it was successfully employed on 18th and 19th century battlefields as a defensive formation to ward off cavalry. To compensate for the slow reload of flintlock muskets, infantry could form into hollow-centred squares roughly two or more ranks deep, possibly with the front rank kneeling and bracing their weapon on the ground. This formation not only presented attacking enemy cavalry with a bristle of bayonets that would be difficult to overcome, but allowed prevented cavalry from outflanking them, while also allowing the infantry to safely fire and reload their weapons. Though this was infrequent, infantry squares could break, especially if the troops involved were poorly trained or lacking in morale, which would often result in a massive rout.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry_square Infantry Squares]]. Squares,]] Although this formation dates back to the Roman era, it was successfully employed on 18th and 19th century battlefields as a defensive formation to ward off cavalry. To compensate for the slow reload of flintlock muskets, infantry could form into hollow-centred squares roughly two or more ranks deep, possibly with the front rank kneeling and bracing their weapon on the ground. This formation not only presented attacking enemy cavalry with a bristle of bayonets that would be difficult to overcome, but allowed prevented cavalry from outflanking them, while also allowing the infantry to safely fire and reload their weapons. Though this was infrequent, infantry squares could break, especially if the troops involved were poorly trained or lacking in morale, which would often result in a massive rout.
5th Sep '16 10:22:43 AM REV6Pilot
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** The superiority of infantry armed with muskets and bayonet over unsupported cavalry was shown beyond all doubts in UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's campaign in Egypt. The local Ottoman forces relied heavily on the Mamluks, specialized in heavy cavalry, and every time the Mamluks (either supported or unsupported by the barely-trained Ottoman levies) faced the French it ended in such [[CurbStompBattle loopsided victories for the invaders]] that, to this day, the word ''mammalucco'' (one of the two ways to say "Mamluk" in Italian) is synonimous with "hopeless moron".

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** The superiority of infantry armed with muskets and bayonet over unsupported cavalry was shown beyond all doubts in UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's campaign in Egypt. The local Ottoman forces relied heavily on the Mamluks, specialized in heavy cavalry, and every time the Mamluks (either supported or unsupported by the barely-trained Ottoman levies) faced the French it ended in such [[CurbStompBattle loopsided victories for the invaders]] that, to this day, the word ''mammalucco'' (one of the two ways to say "Mamluk" in Italian) is synonimous with "hopeless moron". Much the same goes to the Portuguese ''maluco'', a synonym for "insane"
17th Jun '16 10:18:07 PM nombretomado
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* The ability to explicitly set spears and similar weapons against a charge (typically for double damage) in ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'' hails all the way back to its early editions, sometimes treated as a special fighter maneuver, sometimes more as a property of the weapon itself. While many monsters may simply make charge attacks on their own without needing to mount up first, the inspiration is still obvious enough.

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* The ability to explicitly set spears and similar weapons against a charge (typically for double damage) in ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' hails all the way back to its early editions, sometimes treated as a special fighter maneuver, sometimes more as a property of the weapon itself. While many monsters may simply make charge attacks on their own without needing to mount up first, the inspiration is still obvious enough.
11th Jun '16 8:58:44 PM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': [[CoolSword Long Swords, Zanbatos]], [[BladeOnAStick Horse Slayers]], and [[AnAxeToGrind Halberds]] are effective against horseback units.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': [[CoolSword Long Swords, Zanbatos]], [[BladeOnAStick Horse Slayers]], and [[AnAxeToGrind Halberds]] are effective against horseback units.
25th May '16 11:58:22 AM Knight20
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13th Mar '16 3:03:35 PM Alceister
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* By the mid-18th century in Europe, it was considered nigh-suicidal for a cavalry unit to attempt to attack an infantry formation in any frontal fashion. For one thing, a whole bunch of guys on horses is hard to be sneaky about unless they attack from cover, and well-drilled soldiers could fire their muskets as many as ''[[MoreDakka three times a minute]]'', and assuming that the cavalrymen made it through that barrage intact, they would still have to deal with the [[BayonetYa bayonets]], which allowed them to use their firearms as spears to fend off charges. This forced cavalry into secondary roles, such as reconnaissance and counter-reconnaissance; horses were increasingly used to also provide extra mobility to infantry, who would ride into battle and dismount to fight on foot. However, that is not to say that cavalry could not perform any combat roles at all: they could try and attack the flanks or the rears of formations when possible, or else pursue retreating enemies who had broken formation.
** The superiority of infantry armed with muskets and bayonet over unsupported cavalry was shown beyond all doubts in UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's campaign in Egypt. The local Ottoman forces relied heavily on the Mamluks, specialized in heavy cavalry, and every time the Mamluks (either supported or unsupported by the barely-trained Ottoman levies) faced the French it ended in such [[CurbStompBattle loopsided victories for the invaders]] that, to this day, the word ''mammalucco'' (one of the two ways to say "Mamluk" in Italian) is synonimous with "hopeless moron".



* By the 18th century, it was considered nigh-suicidal for a Cavalry unit to attempt to attack an infantry formation in any frontal fashion. For one thing, a whole bunch of guys on horses is hard to be sneaky about unless they attack from cover, and well-drilled soldiers could fire their muskets as many as ''[[MoreDakka three times a minute]]'', and assuming that the cavalrymen made it through that barrage intact, they would still have to deal with the [[BayonetYa bayonets]]. Cavalry formations eventually evolved into ''dragoons'', who would ride to a flanking position before dismounting and engaging the enemy on foot. Eventually they traded their horses for armoured vehicles or in some cases helicopters.
** A bayonet is a very long knife that you stick onto the end of a musket or a rifle to turn it into an [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised spear]], and these could do considerable damage if you tried to force your way through a formation of them. Instead, cavalry units preferred to try and attack the flanks or the rears of formations when possible, or else pursue retreating enemies who had broken formation.
** The superiority of infantry armed with muskets and bayonet over unsupported cavalry was shown beyond all doubts in UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's campaign in Egypt. The local Ottoman forces relied heavily on the Mamluks, specialized in heavy cavalry, and every time the Mamluks (either supported or unsupported by the barely-trained Ottoman levies) faced the French it ended in such [[CurbStompBattle loopsided victories for the invaders]] that, to this day, the word ''mammalucco'' (one of the two ways to say "Mamluk" in Italian) is synonimous with "hopeless moron".
9th Mar '16 12:08:15 PM Alceister
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** It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Zan (斬) = Slash, Ba[[note]]Normally "Uma"[[/note]] (馬) = Horse, To (刀) = Sword.

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** It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Zan (斬) = Slash, Slash[[note]]Or strike[[/note]], Ba[[note]]Normally "Uma"[[/note]] (馬) = Horse, To (刀) = Sword.
8th Mar '16 5:01:38 AM Alceister
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* In ''Literature/1632'', large tercio formations are quickly slaughtered by a M-60 machine gun.

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* In ''Literature/1632'', ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1632]]'', large tercio formations are quickly slaughtered by a M-60 machine gun.
8th Mar '16 5:01:05 AM Alceister
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* In ''Literature/{{1632}}'', large tercio formations are quickly slaughtered by a M-60 machine gun.

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* In ''Literature/{{1632}}'', ''Literature/1632'', large tercio formations are quickly slaughtered by a M-60 machine gun.
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