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Bent and Battered Rotors КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Squadron SignalСерия: Squadron sign 6062Язык: английский Страниц: 58Формат: pdf Размер: 23.95 Мб eighty five

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Such as the Magyars. But at the height of their power, the Avars were almost unassailable, diverting much of the wealth of Byzantium into their own coffers through either ransom or raiding. They subdued the Slavs that followed the Germanic tribes into the Balkans and central Europe, treating them as a lower caste. sleeping with their women. expecting tribute from their men. using them as footsoldiers to fight in the frontlines of their armies to blunt enemy opposition. Eventually. the Slavs rose in rebellion and threw off their domination by the Avars.

In the 6th century. the Lombards were armed similarly to the Franks. using both stabbing and throwing spears. as well as throwing axes. They were renowned as horsemen. bringing a great interest in horse breeding and riding to their realms in northern Italy. As horsemen they fought with lances and long swords and one contemporary account describes a Lombard champion lifting o Byzantine soldier high In the air on the end of his lance. The Franks were later to toke to this kind of warfare and in these German horsewarriors.

Having been denied land in France and finding little respite in Spain from the Romans and their Visigoth allies, Gaiseric saw an opportunity for settled land in the Roman provinces of North Africa. A riding accident had left him lame but he still commanded the respect of his people and he suggested they use their control of ports in southern Spain to launch an invasion of Africa. The Alani, a tribe of Turkic warriors from the Black Sea, who had ridden with them throughout their earlier quests, joined them in this adventure.

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