First Adopters of Warfare Styles, and the "Chivalry" Thereof.:
- Greek Hoplites, one of the early users of the Phalanx technique, if I'm not mistaken, though honestly I don't know much about the subject.
- Knights/Samurai, both heavily armored swordsmen on horseback.
- Fighting Sailors/Captains, between the fall of the Spanish Armada and the Napoleonic Wars, the first cannon-firing ships.
- French Musketeers, one of the first effective users of gunpowder, again, if I'm not mistaken.
- World War I Fighter Pilots, the "Knights of the Sky/Air/Whatever".
- Hoplites: Fair play means pointing a literal mass of spears at your opponents, preferably several yards longer than his spears, then marching forward until you pin them to their own city walls. Oh, and don't forget the shield walls to invalidate their archers.
- Knights/Samurai: Fair play means running down enemies wearing hella less armor than you while your weapons system/armor/mount combination makes you the period equivalent of a main battle tank. Oh, and because of hostage customs in Europe (to a lesser degree in Japan) there's a big incentive to take you alive compared to the poorer people fighting alongside you.
- Fighting Sailors/Captains: Either by the element of surprise or by superior cannon range, you want to send your foe to the bottom before he does to you. Much naval strategy involved taking advantage of nautical weather to win your fights for you.
- French Musketeers: I don't know enough to comment on this, but these were the guys dumb enough to try invading Russia in the winter, so they may have been honorable.
- World War I Fighter Pilots: The first war to see aerial combat was also the first war in which the strafing of ground targets that couldn't fight back was discovered. There was a reason they had to invent fighter escorts for zeppelins and anti-aircraft guns.
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