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POLL: Why Did the Pike Fall into Disfavor?


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Mikeland Inactive Member writes:

@Gwydion
Interesting point, perhaps the move from the Matchlock to Flintlock contributed, as did better drilled soldiers and more rapid rates of fire. Winning the battle by firepower alone was increasingly a possibility, the bayonet was probably just the tipping point. (No pun intended)


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
technological changes
36
10%
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cavalry no longer used the lance
3
1%
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lack of training
2
1%
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no opinion
15
4%
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lack of resources/hardwood
1
0%
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pikemen were paid less than arquebusiers
0
0%
 
other (explain)
3
1%
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lack of muskets
2
1%
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advent of socket bayonets
119
32%
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increasing dominance of firepower
171
45%
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growing prominence of siege warfare
1
0%
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changes in tactical doctrine
23
6%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

billwargames02 Inactive Member asks...

Was the pike no longer used in warfare because of replacement of technology, lack of hardwood sources for the pike, or some other reason? The Roman legions had put paid to its use in the Classical world, but it was in use again in the ECW/TYW and in some cases the Great Northern War. I had heard they considered using it again in the ACW, but didn't - was this due to lack of resources (for muskets/training)?

(Options taken from this pre-poll discussion. Please select the primary reason for the fall of the pike.)