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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 10:29 p.m. PST

"Towards the end of the sixteenth century, heavily armoured cavalrymen stopped using horse-armour, and reduced their own, becoming cuirassiers. The tactics of the reiters were adopted by all cavalry forces. Owing to improved weaponry and training, the depth of battle formation decreased first to ten lines, and towards the end of the century to six or seven. Shallower formations using the same number of men meant wider fronts, which had to be controlled by discipline and training. The cavalry of the period was therefore a modern force, acting as an organized troop.

The beginning of the seventeenth century saw several major conflicts. The Thirty Years War (1618-48) began as a religious war and turned into a clash between the feudal-Catholic reaction and the new social forces. The English Civil War (1642-8) saw a division along similar lines. Numerous armies crossed Europe, carrying new skills of war and tactical innovations, as well as the latest in weapons and equipment…"
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14Bore17 Oct 2020 5:39 p.m. PST

Reading Peter Wilson's The Thirty Years War, had this site saved but didn't think to look at it. Saved the maps for quick reference.
Thanks Armand

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2020 3:28 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami! (smile)


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