Western civ

The tactical advantage of the light battle chariot was the mobility that it possessed. These factors all added up to make the light chariot a high-powered, vehicle used by the charioteers, to kill their enemies. It had highly mobile weapons system that could descend down an infantry force with frightening speed and velocity. (Silberman 24). “The firepower of the new-style chariots was so overwhelming on the battlefield that no ruler who hoped to maintain his throne against his local or regional rivals could afford to be without them.”(Silberman, 24). The cost of chariots in the Bronze age was large and the skilled craftsmen, chariot drivers, archers, and horse trainers required to maintain the battle-readiness of a kingdom’s chariot force could demand abundant personal support, generous, land grants. Yet, the Late Bronze age powers had all become dangerously dependent on this method of welfare in the military. In the battle of Kadesh the modest chariot corps of a few vehicles had expanded to enormous subject. “At Kadesh, the Hittite chariot corps alone numbered at least 3,500 vehicles.” (Silberman, 24) This placed a strain on even the wealthiest kingdoms.

The sea Peoples came from the highlands of the Balkans and the coastlands of Asia Minor. As a skilled class of mercenary foot soldiers who drifted southward to find employment in kingdoms throughout the region, this group of Sea Peoples had both the tactical know-how and the weaponry to demonstrate just how obsolete the Bronze Age chariot armies had become. The Sea Peoples also utilized shields, body armor, double-sided swords, and javelins. Robert Drews notes that barely ten years before the battle of Kadesh, Egyptian hieroglyphic reliefs recorded the movement of people named the Sherdan who had arrived fierce fully. The Sherden apparently became an independent offensive force. They used different weapons such as hunting javelins to kill and wound horses, thereby, defeating the chariots.
The Greeks had an infantry of runners so that made it very hard for the Trojans to try and kill the Greeks, which resulted in the victory of the Achaean foot soldiers over the cavalry of the Trojans. The ultimate irony of the Trojan horse was that the Greeks left the horse as a peace offering, symbolic of the Trojan victory, but it turned out to be symbolic of the Trojan defeat.
Ramesses III defeated the invaders (Sea Peoples) by having the best infantry and chariots in that time period. He tried to change the fighting capabilities of his forces and also used the infantry to kill the Sea people. Ramesses III boasted that the Egyptian foot soldiers once insulted had fought like bulls on the battlefield. The Egyptian empire had been built and maintained over hundreds of years as a towering social pyramid in which the king, his court, officers, and chariot forces reserved the right for them to take over Egypt. Egypt was never a society that viewed its general population as much more than the “beast of burden” or a sign to the Egyptians. (Silberman, 28).

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