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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 10:13 a.m. PST

Hello everyone,

Who knows and possesses the most precise and accurate organizations on the two armies who clashed at the Battle of Panipat in 1526.

thank you all.

Paskal

GurKhan08 Oct 2019 1:03 a.m. PST

Have you tried the Baburnama?

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2019 3:47 a.m. PST

Not know ?

Lion in the Stars08 Oct 2019 11:34 a.m. PST

Just to double-check, this battle? link

GurKhan09 Oct 2019 1:12 a.m. PST

Baburnama is Babur's own memoirs. There's a Penguin translation link and various others link. Some bits are online but I can't at the moment find Panipat, only some earlier sections. It is the basis of just about all modern accounts of the battle.

If you look at link and click on the "Advent of the Moghuls" chapter, there's a useful discussion of Babur's artillery and its deployment there is some uncertainty about what some of the terms mean.

LazyStudent11 Oct 2019 6:59 a.m. PST

Just to say thanks to those who posted the links. A very interesting battle in a very interesting conflict, that I knew nothing about!

The tactics used by Babur do seem very similar to those of the Hussites ~100yrs before. Does anyone know if that's just coincidence or if there was actually a link?

CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2019 4:14 p.m. PST

More evidence that Babur was a closet Hussite.

GurKhan14 Oct 2019 5:47 a.m. PST

The tactics used by Babur do seem very similar to those of the Hussites ~100yrs before. Does anyone know if that's just coincidence or if there was actually a link?

Babur's tactics were essentially Ottoman – he had a couple of "Rumi" Turkish artillery experts on board. An article at PDF link suggests that the Ottomans learned Hussite-style wagon-fort tactics from the Hungarians in the 1440s. So yes, there may well have been an indirect connection.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2019 2:23 a.m. PST

Thank you all,

Alas wikipedia and Babur's own memoirs, it's very nice but it's not exactly what I'm looking for …

And The Evolution of the Artillery in India, From the Battle of Plassey (1757) it's a little too late is not it …

There are no books for wargamers for this battle?

GurKhan15 Oct 2019 3:13 a.m. PST

And The Evolution of the Artillery in India, From the Battle of Plassey (1757) it's a little too late is not it …

If you follow the link, you'll find that, as I said, the book actually starts its coverage well before Plassey, and has some useful stuff on Panipat.

There are no books for wargamers for this battle?

Don't think so; you would have to do some of your own research. Shocking, I know.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2019 2:59 a.m. PST

Yes, we will have to explore the bibliographies again and be careful not to buy books for nothing.

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