DEATH ON A WIND The Numidians of the Second Punic War — Charles R. King

Death on a WindThis is more of an essay-length piece than a full length book.  It is an interesting look at the tribal people of Western North Africa during the time of the Punic Wars, around 218 BC.

These people were renown for their skill with horses, and Hannibal, that clever dude, got the idea to use them as a tactical device in his ongoing wars.   And he was wildly successful.

Western cavalry at this time was for all practical purposes simply an infantryman on a horse. 

The Numidians rode bareback, no stirrups, no bridle, just a rope around the horse’s neck.  They had short spears, and as a group, fought on the fringes as a fluid body whose biggest asset was the ability to pursue a fleeing army and pick them off one by one.  They were almost invincible.

There is, of course, a great deal more to all of this, and all of it quite fascinating.  I love this stuff, especially in small doses such as this.

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2 comments on “DEATH ON A WIND The Numidians of the Second Punic War — Charles R. King

  1. […] DEATH ON A WIND The Numidians of the Second Punic War — Charles R. King. […]

  2. Wonder if the Game of Thrones horse warriors were inspired by the Numidians.

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