Before you make comments like that, pick up a book called The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe by James Chambers. There are relatively accurate figures of the sizes of Ghengis Khan's armies. Unfortunartely, these figures escape me at the moment. A large portion of those soldiers would have been archers. Numbers of 5,000-10,000+ solely in archers would not have been uncommon in such a battle.Originally Posted by Module88
The Mongolian archers were excellent archers, but accuracy would have been largely a moot point in a battle against the Romans anyway. Who the hell cares if you can hit one soldier in a 1000. When fighting a mass of soldiers, you want to shoot massed volleys of arrows. Historians figure that trained archers could fire between 7-10 decently aimed shots in a minute. It's much better if you have your archers firing at similar intervals because you can drop 1000s of arrows on your opponents quickly, rather than screwing around on a chance shot that you may hit an opening in their armor.
And yes, I have dabbled in both archery and firearms, and whatever you get from knowledge in short range archerytarget shooting is crap when putting it into a medieval military context. If your opponent got to within 30 yrds of your archers, you had failed, and most of them were going to die.
This is a difficult call to make because we know very little about Mongol foot combat because their entire military machine revolved around thier superior horsemenship. When you remove the horses, they need to completely rethink their strategy because all of a sudden those soldiers are going up against the best infantry of it's time, without their chief advantages of superior archery (arhcery in forests doesn't work all that well) and horses. Yeah, the Roman's 13th legion did get massacred in the Tuteberg (sp) forest, but the German tribes that defeated them were used to forest fighting, and were led by Germanicus, a ex-Roman leader.Originally Posted by Module88
As for the foot mobility issues - people often see the medieval knight in a similar fashion. But think about it, when you spend a good portion of your time wearing the armor and carrying the shield, your body adapts. Armor becomes a second skin, and your shield becomes an extension of your arm. From our 21st century experience with armor we see it as a burden, but after wearing it everyday, all day, you would stop noticing.