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About the infantry of Ancient Russia and its weapons

About the infantry of Ancient Russia and its weapons

The main military force of the Middle Ages is infantry. These are the most massive armed formations in those centuries when Russia passed through its formation. One of the issues discussed in this context is related to how infantry units were formed, where they came from weapon and what kind of weapon it was.

If we talk about the armament of the medieval foot soldiers, then it is definitely impossible to say that the weapons were "issued by conscripts." For the reason that for the Middle Ages there were no "state arsenals" of weapons from which the same infantrymen could receive blades, axes, etc. for themselves. Good weapons were in price, and if we are talking about an infantryman, most often representing a militia from among the farmers, then this price for him could simply be unbearable.

There were several options for obtaining weapons. One of the most common is to get on the battlefield from the enemy. But in order to get weapons, you must still initially have at least some kind of own weapon. Rescued what was cheaper - without much frills, with possible minimal usability. Nevertheless, even such weapons allowed the infantryman, not from among the representatives of wealthy families, to achieve certain success on the battlefield.

The story of Klim Zhukov about the medieval infantry - the infantry of Ancient Russia:

Photos used:
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

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  1. svp67
    svp67 18 May 2020 10: 13
    "Small infantry ..." Yes, the "queen of the fields" was always treated with a certain prejudice and looking from high ... from the height of a horse, ship, artillery tractor, tank or plane. But everyone, everyone on the battlefield "works" for the success of a simple infantryman, since it is his actions that determine whether we were able to win or not
  2. Cyril G ...
    Cyril G ... 18 May 2020 10: 20
    Who needs that video Zhukov watched a very long time. Of course, there are a number of nuances that personally raised questions for me, but nonetheless. The main question is why this article, for the sake of filling content? At least they tried to analyze the available material.
  3. Free wind
    Free wind 18 May 2020 10: 35
    Zhukov has interesting programs. I only looked at the beginning about the round shield. And here are the problems. The thickness is from 6 to 9 mm, it is problematic to make such a shield from one solid wood, even now. You need to find a straight-layered spruce, make a notch on the trunk, and watch how the layers go. But I can’t believe in the strength of such a board. Now boards are thinner than 15 mm and sawmills sometimes don’t undertake to saw, and you know where the material goes, to coffins for social burials. There will be time then I will continue.
    1. Albert1988
      Albert1988 18 May 2020 16: 36
      Quote: Free Wind
      Thickness is from 6 to 9 mm, to make such a shield from one solid wood is problematic, even now.

      At that time, oaks were more common in our latitude, from which it is easier to obtain a similar mass of wood, and the strength of the wood is very good.
  4. Archon
    Archon 18 May 2020 10: 43
    I do not like to watch videos - to read much faster, the text loads faster and easier and does not spend much Internet package. Therefore, this article was empty, I did not find out anything.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 18 May 2020 11: 05
      I agree with you, it’s necessary to write articles about such things, and not launch videos.
  5. Charlie
    Charlie 18 May 2020 11: 11
    And where is the dislike put here. See me video watch on the phone
  6. knn54
    knn54 18 May 2020 11: 15
    The Polish film "The Crusaders" very colorfully showed the Samogitian militias from the Lithuanian Zhmudi.
  7. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 18 May 2020 12: 19
    Zhukov - "klovun" with whom you will lead. Picked up from the Goblin, so he sits on kinushkas, razlekalovo. Infantry = infantry + trample, stomp. Horseless, low social status, what to respect. The militiamen, they don't know the battle, but here they go, they respect the specialists-masters.
    2:40 says that all the neighbors of the Slavs everywhere had only infantry. I do not believe. Poland?
    1. Bersaglieri
      Bersaglieri 18 May 2020 12: 54
      Well, actually, Klim- candidate of historical sciences, the thesis was just about the topic. What does the Goblin have to do with it?
  8. Bersaglieri
    Bersaglieri 18 May 2020 12: 53
    Klim - well done!
  9. Maks1995
    Maks1995 18 May 2020 18: 50
    Right! Roller year ago.
  10. Sergey Sfiedu
    Sergey Sfiedu 29 June 2020 21: 13
    Hmm. "The main military force of the Middle Ages was the infantry" This is the first time I've heard this. M. b. somewhere out there in China. Both in Europe and in the East, the main military force in the Middle Ages was the cavalry. The infantry is in the wings. ITS finest hour has come in fact in modern times, with the appearance on the battlefield of Swiss mercenaries and Spanish thirds. In historical forums, it is generally believed that there was no infantry as such in Russia in the Middle Ages. The militia does not count; it was used in the siege and defense of cities, and allegedly did not participate in field battles (whether this is true or not, I don’t know, I’m not an expert in this area).