10-17-05 - End of Crusades and China

10-17-05 - End of Crusades and China - 1 2 End of Crusades...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
End of Crusades and China 1. The Crusades a. Enemies i. Arabs used more shock tactics than the Turks. ii. Main drawback of the Muslim armies: lack of unity. Other drawbacks: Muslims were mobilized seasonally contract under conditional rules, such as the Fall season. When Saladin appears, he achieves a unity of command. Like all armies, suffered from being paid according to the booty they collected. In their personal interests to collect what they could (prisoners and whatnot). Thus battle was affected by riotous charges towards the enemy’s camp to sack and loot rather than staying on the field. b. Tactical and Strategic Adjustments i. Had to keep bases on the coast to keep maritime links with the homeland. Had to keep forts as a center of their power and their survival. Given small numbers, had to use their field armies with great caution. Learned after battle of duroleum, that they must avoid encirclement. They learned how to jockey their position so as to avoid this. ii. Also learned to save their charge, their primary weapon, until they could ride down the main body of the enemy’s army. Better luck against the Arab armies which were more composed like the arab armies. iii. Had to create a reserve, because of learned the value of being tactically flexible, such as keeping part of the team back. Atypical of medieval armies iv. When they moved from one site to the other, they had to move with great caution. Had to reach their destination or they might have been stuck somewhere (like at Hattin). Had to protect their knights, by moving with a screen consisting of archery or footmen. Attempt to protect their heavy cavalry. v.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 2

10-17-05 - End of Crusades and China - 1 2 End of Crusades...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online