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Arab Conquest

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Arab Conquest Army

 

The traditional Arab organisation, may have been a five fold division

of the __hamis__.

The divisions were the advance guard (__muqaddamah__), centre (__qalb__),

right (__maymanah__), left (__maysarah__) and saqah (__rear__).

 

Early Conquest-Era armies, use their strategic mobility to occupy

positions their opponent would be compelled to attack. The Muslims

would defend their position, and wear down their opponent. Early

conquest armies lacked many mounted troops, and were largely organised

as foot. Most foot seemed to be armed with spears.


Rashidun-Era Army

(at an approximate ratio of 1 base to 100).

Dry Plains

Optional Units

0-3 Medium Fortifications or Defences per unit of shieldsmen


Post-Rashidun-Era Army

Dry Plains

2-3 Divisions of

2-3 Arab Infantry

 

1-2 Divisions of

1 Arab Infantry

1 Arab Archer

 

any Arab foot units can have a detachment of shock-foot 'swordsmen'.

 

0-2 Cavalry

1 Mailed Cavalry

1-2 Arab cavalry

 

0-1 Mawali of:

either

2-3 Asawira

or

Bedouins

or

...

 

 

Optional Units

0-1 Mailed Cavalry

0-3 Medium Fortifications or Defences per unit of shieldsmen

0-1 Army Standard


Army Units

Arab infantry

elite Medium Shieldsmen, elite I6

4 bases

6 bases

 

+ x pts if include a swordsmen 'shock' detachment.

 

Arab Archers

Light or Medium Archers, elite I6

4 bases

6 bases

+ x pts if include a swordsmen 'shock' detachment.

 

Ansar (Companions)

Medium Shock, audacious I7

4 bases

Can include `army standard'

 

Mailed Cavalry

Heavy irregular horse, elite I6

2 bases

 

Scouts or Arab cavalry

Light or Medium Irregular horse, elite I6

2 bases

 

Asawira

Expert Heavy Horse Archers- Initiative 6

4 bases (pts)

 

Medium Defenses (tethered camels) or Medium Fortifications (trenches)


References

Battle of Yarmouk

 

http://www.swordofallah.com/html/bookchapter35page1.htm

http://www.ymsite.com/books/abas/chapter5.htm

Battle of Yarmouk (Internet Medieval Source Book)

http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/source/yarmuk.html

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