Militaryfocus.com on osprey books. Chariots, the first mobile fighting vehicle, seem to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The highly mobile two-wheeled war chariot, carrying a driver and an archer armed with a short composite bow, revolutionized military tactics after 1700 BC. Osprey New Vanguard 119 : Bronze Age War Chariots
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Osprey New Vanguard 119 : Bronze Age War Chariots

Chariots, the first mobile fighting vehicle, seem to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The highly mobile two-wheeled war chariot, carrying a driver and an archer armed with a short composite bow, revolutionized military tactics after 1700 BC. This expensive weapon spread throughout the Middle East and is thought to have reached Egypt with the conquering Hyksos. Use of the war chariot spread into Asia Minor, Greece, and was known in Northern Europe by 1500 BC. This book covers the evolution of the war chariot throughout the Bronze Age, detailing its design, development and combat history and, in particular, its fundamental involvement at the battle of Qadesh. Text by Nic Fields with illustrations by Brian Delf.

    Contents
  • Introduction
  • Design and Development of the War Chariot
  • Variants and Users
  • Weapons and Tactics
  • Operational History
  • Bibliography
  • Colour Plate Commentary
  • Index

 

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