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POLL: Were Scythed Chariots Useful?


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batesmotel34 writes:

Cavalry was useful in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 although it ceased to be of much use in the next major European war in 1914 once the race to the sea lead a completely trench line from Switzerland to the English Channel. Given the Russians still found cavalry useful in WW II, it really doesn't seem like cavalry ceased to be a useful arm in the 19th century even though it may havebeen less powerful than it was in the Napoleonic wars.

Chris


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
I agree
91
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I disagree
25
18%
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no opinion
26
18%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
Writing in Slingshot, Patrick Waterson contends:
The scythed chariot was considered to have sufficient virtues to justify not only its retention but for it to replace all hitherto-existing Near Eastern patterns, with the possible exception of the Egyptian, and for the next five hundred years (546-47BC) it would remain in the inventory of at least some Near Eastern powers. No weapon system survives that long unless it is actually useful, and against the indifferently-disciplined infantry and cavalry of most peoples in the area it would have been a formidably effective morale- and formation-breaker.
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