Where there any advanced tactics during the early medieval era or was it literally just "line up and hope our flankers beat theirs"?
>>6917580Shield wall. In 1066 a Norman Duke managed to land an amphibious cavalry division that's not nothing.
>>6917580I'm taking over this thread with a better question. Did anglo saxons have any fancy helmets apart from this specific one? Every reenactor and even video games use the Sutton Hoo helmet. Was this style it widely used by warlords?
>>6917580Depends on what you mean by earlyDifferent weapons would give advantages depending on terrain English longbow for example allowed the brits to dominate for quite a while Long pike squadrons counter heavy cavalry very wellRocky terrain vs muddy vs sloped would all affect unit movement
>>6917621Sutton-hoo is like the most complete stuff we've found. Its why every depiction of an Egyptian sarcophagus looks like Tut. They're just those rare perfectly kept and intact burial places that mold our entire understanding of the past.
>>6917641early medieval usually refer to around 700-1000
>>6917605there is some speculation that shieldwalls were more of a frankish thing, as they had shield more suited for fighting in very thight formations and the "viking" round shield favours a looser formation
>>6917580People in real life dont have a bird's view or can communicate orders telepathically to theor soldiers. Soldiers also have initiative.
>>6917580The Magyars had fairly advanced tactics, they were beaten by discipline and coordination (Lechfeld).
>>6917621hard to say, because there are only fragments from a couple of helmets otherwise (the sutton hoo helm was a pile of debris itself, it's just been painstakingly reconstructed)the coppergate helm (pic related) is probably a pretty typical design, though less decorated than the sutton hoo, and more decorated than what rank and file would be wearing. there's also a small boar crest from another helm that seems to confirm the boar crests mentioned in beowulf.i assume that most warriors who owned helmets would have had some simple, easy-to-produce spangenhelm, as seen in europe since late antiquity
>>6920025forgot to say, the sutton hoo helm was definitely owned by an elite figure, was probably ceremonial (too fancy for battle) as it was in a ship burial for a high-status king (possibly raedwald of east anglia), and thus would not have been common under any circumstances. there are a few similar helms found in the valsgarde and vendel burials in sweden, but they were also fancy, high-status examples (like pic related, the helm from valsgarde burial #8)