Soldier gear through the ages

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There’s a problem with that approach as well–until very recently in history, soldiers’ clothing and equipment weren’t standardised. You can’t begin to assume all men were equipped and clothed the same until you get to the late 18th century, even if it looks like they fought in broadly the same way. Nor were troops’ roles consistent–a Macedonian Companion Cavalryman, Byzantine cataphract and a Norman knight might all be called ‘heavy melee cavalry’ but that doesn’t mean their jobs or methods were remotely comparable. You risk presenting a uniform process of development where no such thing occurred. A lot of those types of troops would also overlap–crossbowmen were contemporary with longbowmen and both with early musketeers. Real life isn’t like a video game tech tree, and you can’t draw easy comparisons between different soldiers at different points in history. Arguably it’s pretty pointless even trying to draw such comparisons if the soldiers in question never actually existed at the same time. What you *can* do, though, is provide equipment representative of the predominant style of fighting in a particular period, which is what we have here.

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