By Terence Wise
This article via Terence clever explores the various attention-grabbing peoples who comprised the traditional armies of the center East: the Sumerians, who have been the 1st to introduce using bronze into struggle, and have been centuries prior to the Egyptians within the use of the wheel – The Akkadians, whose citizen military was once composed virtually fullyyt of sunshine troops – The Babylonians, whose humans have been granted land in go back for military provider – the horned warriors of the Elamites – the Egyptians, with thier heavy spearmen and archers – the tribal and warlike Libyans – Nubians and Ethiopians – Hyksos – the armies of the Hittite Empire – the ocean humans and others.
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1B09. wearing the blue uniform of his Guard Grenadiers. Joseph was a puppet-king - almost powerless at the hands of his brother, ignored by rapacious French marshals, and despised by Spaniards (who nicknamed hIm 'Pepe la batella' for his alleged love of the bottle). Ironically. he had more genuinely liberal and progressive ideals than Fernando VII would ever display when he eventually retumed to his throne. But all the Spanish people wished was to be rid 01 the French, whose taxes and depredations ruined an already struggling economy, and whose savagery towards civilians reached unprecedented levels.
Both lIni~orms had gold 35 The French army's rapacious behaviour in Spain, from generals down to privates, was condoned by Napoleon himself. This illustration Is based on a real incident, when his Guard Grenadiers ransacked the palace of the Bishop of Burgos In his presence. The soldiers are depleted with an amusingly raffish air, but there was nothing remotely amusing about the fate of many thousands of the common people at the hands of the occupiers. Inevitably, this cruelty was repayed in kind whenever opportunities offered: French stragglers dreaded falling into the hands of the guerrillas, with good reason.