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Old 12-03-2009, 06:55 AM   #85
Dorin Thorha
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Default Re: Role of archers in low-tech parties?

Originally Posted by Icelander
I'm not at all sure about 'most' and 'large'. Missile weapons were useful, certainly, because they allowed a degree of control over the battlefield and the enemy's movements.

But apart from horse archers (who won by harrying until the enemy force was routed), the bow was not usually a battle-winning weapon. Rome certainly didn't field significant archer contingents (yes, I'm aware that they fielded archers, but as a percentile of their total strength, hardly important).
It is true that the Romans did not field many archers, but ranged combat with javelins and slings was still a very important part of their strategy.
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