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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.
8th Mar '16 5:00:31 AM Alceister
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* In the novel ''1632'', the tight terico pike formations get quickly slaughtered with a M-60 machine gun from the year 2000.

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* In the novel ''1632'', the tight terico pike In ''Literature/{{1632}}'', large tercio formations get are quickly slaughtered with by a M-60 machine gun from the year 2000.gun.
8th Mar '16 4:58:49 AM Alceister
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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', when the Scottish army encounters the English infantry, the Scots taunt them into attacking with heavy cavalry. As soon as the English are too close to pull back, the Scots drop their facade and pick up long pikes, which [[InertialImpalement slaughter the horses]]. The depiction was graphic enough that the ASPCA investigated the footage to see if the horses had actually been hurt (good news, horse lovers; the horses were fine).

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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', when the Scottish army encounters the English infantry, the Scots taunt them into attacking with heavy cavalry. As soon as the English are too close to pull back, the Scots drop their facade and pick up long pikes, sharpened stakes, which [[InertialImpalement slaughter the horses]]. The depiction was graphic enough that the ASPCA investigated the footage to see if the horses had actually been hurt (good news, horse lovers; the horses were fine).
10th Nov '15 2:08:11 AM Alceister
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry_square Infantry Squares]]. Their ancestors, the pike and various shield wall formations (the most famous being the Greek phalanx) were more anti everything up front. Though pikes are better optimized for stopping cavalry then the shield formation, which has its advantages against missile weapons. [[note]]Infantry squares were not often broken, but if they were there was often a massive rout.[[/note]]
** Could be averted when the cavalry forces had lances and effective projectile weapons (e. g. composite bows) of its own, as e. g. the Romans found out against the Parthians at Carrhae.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry_square Infantry Squares]]. Their ancestors, Although this formation dates back to the pike Roman era, it was successfully employed on 18th and various shield wall formations (the most famous being 19th century battlefields as a defensive formation to ward off cavalry. To compensate for the Greek phalanx) were slow reload of flintlock muskets, infantry could form into hollow-centred squares roughly two or more anti everything up front. Though pikes are better optimized for stopping ranks deep, possibly with the front rank kneeling and bracing their weapon on the ground. This formation not only presented attacking enemy cavalry then with a bristle of bayonets that would be difficult to overcome, but allowed prevented cavalry from outflanking them, while also allowing the shield formation, which has its advantages against missile infantry to safely fire and reload their weapons. [[note]]Infantry Though this was infrequent, infantry squares could break, especially if the troops involved were not poorly trained or lacking in morale, which would often broken, but if they were there was often result in a massive rout.[[/note]]
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** Could be averted when the cavalry forces had lances and effective projectile weapons (e. g. composite bows) bows or pistols) of its their own, as e. g. the Romans found out against the Parthians at Carrhae.
10th Nov '15 1:03:53 AM Alceister
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In some games, there are [[MountedCombat horseback units]]. Given their speed, it can be a hassle or worse to deal with them. Thankfully, there are weapons to deal with them, both rider and steed. Not one for the horse lovers. Very much a part of TacticalRockPaperScissors.

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In some games, there are [[MountedCombat horseback units]]. Given their speed, it can be a hassle or worse to deal with them.them, moreso if they are heavily armored. Thankfully, there are weapons to deal with them, both rider and steed. Not one for the horse lovers. Very much a part of TacticalRockPaperScissors.
27th Sep '15 3:10:29 PM SarisRevant
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** In ''Age of Empires III'' some civilizations will end up using Musketeers as their anti-cavalry, since they don't suffer from the low speed and single-focus role of Pikemen. Some civilizations also have access to [[BladeOnAStick Halberdiers]], who are just as good against cavalry as Pikemen but since they have a higher base damage and lower anti-cavalry multiplier they're better against other things.

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** In ''Age of Empires III'' some most civilizations will end up using Musketeers as their anti-cavalry, since they don't suffer from the low speed and single-focus role of Pikemen. Pikemen and they scale better. Some civilizations also have access to [[BladeOnAStick Halberdiers]], who are just as good against cavalry as Pikemen but since they have a higher base damage and lower anti-cavalry multiplier they're better against other things.things.
** In the spinoff ''AgeOfMythology'' anti-cavalry infantry and cavalry are available to all four civilizations.
4th Sep '15 7:33:18 PM nombretomado
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** The superiority of infantry armed with muskets and bayonet over unsupported cavalry was shown beyond all doubts in 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 NapoleonBonaparte's 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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