Slavic warriors

Slavic warriors

Slavic warriors were greatly respected throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

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Slavic warriors were equally respected and dreaded throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. According to contemporary sources, these tall and strong men were quick-thinking and merciless warriors.

Slavic warriors lived in close-knit groups; they were known for their Spartan lifestyle.

Their equipment changed from time to time as a result of continuous improvement and innovation. The most important consideration in designing new weapons was to preserve the warriors' mobility.

Due to geographical characteristics, there were both Western and Eastern elements in the military tactics and equipment of Slavic warriors. From the Steppe nomads they learnt archery (the use of three-bladed arrowheads) and the utilization of cavalry in battles, while their siege engines were modeled on the Byzantine design

Initially, their tactics were based on focused surprise attacks which required the mobility of smaller units. This type of warfare remained dominant even after the formation of the Slavic states. According to historical sources, the Slavs were excellent at coordinating the actions of the archers, the cavalry and the infantry.

The animation presents a 9–11th century infantryman.

In this period, the most important items of an infantryman's light equipment were a spear and a straight sword. The equipment also included a bow and arrows, a battle ax, a dagger and a mace. Infantrymen protected their bodies with a characteristic, round shield. Their protective clothing included a chain mail and a helmet.

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