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Monday, March 13, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
|Detail of the Yorkshire Hunters Flag|
|The flag carried by the regiment|
|My reconstruction of the Yorkshire Hunters flag|
If you are a wargamer and would like to deploy a Yorkshire Hunters flag in your armies, go ahead; however, an attribution to the artist would be appreciated :).
(2) Reid, Stuart, Cumberland's Culloden Army 1745-46. Oxford: Osprey, 2012. pg. 46.
(3) ibid., pg. 46
(4)Duffy, Christopher, Fight for a Throne: the Jacobite '45 Reconsidered. West Midlands: Helion and Co, 2015, pg. 346
(5) British Regimental Drums and Colors has reproduced the 1751 Clothing Warrant at http://www.fifedrum.org/crfd/BD_1.htm
Friday, February 17, 2017
|Map of Narnia drawn by Pauline Baynes|
Calormen appears in the far south
The Calormene army was made up of two types of soldier: infantry and cavalry. I will be covering the organization of the infantry in this post. The basic Calormene infantry organization was a company, which mustered 30 men. Each company was subdivided into two sections of 14 men each under a junior officer, making 15 fighting men in each section. In the Battle of Stable Hill, Rishda Tarkaan sends forward one section against Tirian while keeping his second section in reserve. This plan fails, as the first section is thrashed by Tirian’s Narnians and forced to retreat to the protection of the second section. At a critical point in the battle, another company of 30 men arrives to Rishda’s assistance.
While the Calormene infantry doubtless has other unit sizes, the only other one we know is the division of 1,000 men. Prince Rabadash refers to this size as being the only force required to conquer Narnia in six weeks. From the way in which Rabadash talks, doubtless senior Calormene commanders are used to commanding forces much larger than this.
Each Calormene soldier is generally equipped with a scimitar, small round shield, and spear. In battle, a Calormene typically relies on his spear, using his sword as back-up. However, many Calormene infantrymen are skilled with fighting with the sword only. Rishda Tarkaan’s force was made up of these men. Officers carry only a sword and shield. All ranks wear mail and helmets.
Another important part of the Calormene army is the signaler. He is armed with a big bull-hide drum and is responsible for communicating between companies. It seems probable that he is not a part of the company itself, but is attached when a company (or larger force) may be operating on its own (such as Rishda Tarkaan’s force at Stable Hill). These drums can convey important signals: the only two which are mentioned are “Assistance is required” and “Relief is on its way.”
The Calormene army also musters some archers, but these appear to serve a function more like mounted infantry. They ride to battle, then dismount to use their bows. The Calormenes do not use their archers as skirmishers who ride, fire at the enemy, and then retreat to do it again.
Calormene cavalry serves in units of 50 men and carry spears or battle-axes. Swords and round shields are a necessity, whether the trooper wields a spear or battle-axe. The Calormene cavalry also includes chariots, but whether they are carriers for infantry or mobile platforms for archers is unknown. These are never used in battle against Narnia or Archenland, because of the difficulty of crossing the great desert and after that, the mountains of Archenland.
The Tisroc (may-he-live-forever) also possesses a navy, made up of swift galleys and great ships. Neither of these are based at the capital, Tashbaan, much to the annoyance of Prince Rabadash. The Calormenes likely possess royal dockyards and harbors in which their fleet is based. Their fleet contains at least twenty great (as distinguished from small) ships of war, which are used to capture Cair Paravel in The Last Battle.
Many of these Calormene soldiers (in fact, everything but the chariots and archers) have been drawn by Pauline Baynes in her delightful Narnian illustrations.
Sources: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Friday, February 10, 2017
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order of battle serves as a legend for the maps.
As I was creating these maps, I was struck with the level of detail which C. S. Lewis included in The Horse and His Boy. These maps merely illustrate, not create, the deployments and clashes which are described in the text. In addition, these maps demonstrate that both King Edmund and Prince Rabadash used tactically sound battle plans. Perhaps this is no surprise since C. S. Lewis served as a 2nd Lieutenant during World War I and could write from experience.
Monday, February 6, 2017
For many years, I have been a Narnian buff, reading and rereading these wonderful medieval tales. Recently I attempted to schematize and diagram some of the military information found in the seven Chronicles of Narnia. This entry shows the order-of-battle for both sides at the Battle of Anvard, the main battle in The Horse and His Boy.
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