By Terence Wise
This article through Terence clever explores the various attention-grabbing peoples who comprised the traditional armies of the center East: the Sumerians, who have been the 1st to introduce using bronze into struggle, and have been centuries prior to the Egyptians within the use of the wheel – The Akkadians, whose citizen military used to be composed virtually totally of sunshine troops – The Babylonians, whose humans have been granted land in go back for military carrier – the horned warriors of the Elamites – the Egyptians, with thier heavy spearmen and archers – the tribal and warlike Libyans – Nubians and Ethiopians – Hyksos – the armies of the Hittite Empire – the ocean humans and others.
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Their trousers were blue and they received blue wool capes for bad weather. Hats were black, broadbrimmed. Cartridge boxes were plain brown, and their bandoleers had the presidio name embroidered on them. The California companies had a similar field uniform, only with grey, side-buttoned chaparral trousers worn over tall boots and round hats with white bands. In garrison they wore dark blue coats with green collars and cuffs, deep red lapels and turnbacks and white piping. Trousers were dark blue with red stripes and they had cavalry shakos.
Like all mounted men except the Tulancingo Cuirassiers, the Hussars were armed with ironhilted, straight-bladed sabres and green sword knots. Their waistbelts were white, as were the wide belts on which they carried their escopetas, cut-down Brown Bess muskets—quite inaccurate. Pistols, too, were old British flintlocks, smooth-bored and muzzle-loading. The cavalryman's favourite—and most dreaded—weapon was his lance. This was a long, wooden-shafted spear with an iron point and cross toggles. It usually had a small red pennon on its end, designed to flutter in an enemy horse's eyes and unnerve it.
Artillery The 3rd Infantry was formed during the War of American Independence. Its nickname was given by General Scott when, in Mexico City, he saluted it as the army's 'Old Guard'. This man wears the standard winter dress uniform. James Duncan commanded this light battery. Today the unit is Battery A, 3rd Armoured Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Armoured Division. S. Infantry Regiment Chevrons were worn on fatigue uniforms, though not on dress. The 6th was formed in 1812 and since the end of World War Two has been stationed in Germany.
Ancient Armies of the Middle East (Men-at-Arms, Volume 109) by Terence Wise