1. Kirialax

    Shock cavalry charge outside of Latin Europe

    Another thread highlighted the military value of the couched lance as employed by Latin knights. How effective was this against other peoples? I ask because off the top of my head I can think of only one case where it was used effectively in a pitched battle against Byzantium - Robert Guiscard's...
  2. Polynikes

    The Almogavars - Spain's elite medieval shock infantry

    I thought a thread on the almogavars would be fairly interesting, they were notorious warriors who fought numerous campaigns amassing an envious battle record during the high Middle Ages. What made them so feared and effective in battle? And how did their tactics and weaponry evolve as time went...
  3. Lawnmowerman

    Treatment of Shell Shock in WWI

    I know I keep linking this guy, but I enjoy his series. Anyway this one focuses on Shell Shock and the way different countries dealt with it. To summarise if you can't watch it or can't be bothered watching it The Germans: Believed that the best...
  4. chaztuck

    Shell Shock Before WW1

    The term 'shell shock' comes from WW1 but are there any accounts of similar symptoms from previous wars?
  5. P

    Battle of Jutland May 1916. shock

    BBC TWO SCOTLAND television have just shown part one of an excellent two part documentary about Scotland's role in the Royal Navy's part in the First World War. The programme was hosted by the the famous Scottish actor and ex-Clydeside shipbuilding apprentice,David Hayman . What shocked me was...
  6. Earl_of_Rochester

    3rd Soviet Shock Army vs Adrian Carton de Wiart and Mad Jack Churchill

    3rd Soviet Shock Army vs Adrian Carton de Wiart and Jack Churchill. Who would win? In April 1945 the 3rd Shock Army (HQ Stendal) as part of the 1st Belorussian Front had the following major component formations and units: 7th Rifle Corps (146th, 265th, 364th Rifle Divisions) 9th Tank Corps...
  7. Jake10

    How do you deal with trauma / shock?

    This study shows problems with trying to just forget about it, which is what I've often done. '+windowtitle+' P.S. I forgot to add the multiple choice setting to the poll, so perhaps you can vote on the method you use most. Sorry.
  8. unclefred

    Shock Article: What Makes Killing so Wrong?

    Two bioethicists — one from Duke University, the other from the National Institute of Health — bring up the question “What makes killing wrong?” in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Using their definition of killing, the authors conclude if the person is “universally and...
  9. A7X

    Why should you fight?

    Imagine you are a soldier, in an unspecified time and place. You are being sent directly into battle. Why, why should you fight, and what's going through your mind? Give examples from various points in history, and let's discuss why the soldier fights. What keeps them going. Arrows flying...
  10. Flavius Belisarius

    Cannae vs. Teutoburg - Rome's shock & recovery

    I've been wondering the past few weeks about the differences between these two disasters that Rome suffered in her history. Cannae, from what I can remember resulted in 50,000 casualties and Rome's population falling by roughly 20% or so, yet I cannot remember reading anything about the...
  11. Chookie

    Shock troops or Cannon Fodder?

    I'm going to ask that replies are confined to the gunpowder age, as shock troops before then were basically heavy cavalry. The first shock troops of the gunpweder age were the grenadiers these were originally specialszed assault soldiers for siege operations, first established as a distinct...
  12. E

    The Civil War and Population Shock

    Today, I was thinking about the effect of population dynamics long term on societies (which had branched from an attempt to justify why America won't go the way of Britain), and I came to realize that the amount of destruction that Britain faced in the Great War (the amount of young men who died...
  13. Taliesin

    Shell Shock during ancient times??

    I am studying World War One for my history degree and am specifically interested in Shell Shock, its causes and how it was treated!! I have also studied the Roman's and the Celts in the past for my degree and I am now wondering wether we have any primary sources suggesting that soldiers in...