Post by Keema's Nan
'At the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Norman battle tactics – which were
in no way whatsoever superior to Saxon battle tactics – won a victory
after a Norman archer, whose expertise in archery was precisely
equivalent to that of his Saxon counterpart – fired an arrow into King
Harold's eye. Thereafter, the centuries of Norman rule in England were
no better or worse relatively speaking than any other period of
Serves him right for being at the front with his troops. He should have taken
a leaf out of today’s military commanders - hiding thousands of miles away
in secure bunkers with enough supplies to last them a decade.
In those days they had little choice. Communications technology being basically
non existent, it was the only way they could be up to date with what was going on. Besides that, the sight of a king going into battle was a great morale booster for the following troops.
And they had their bunkers. They called them castles. Territory won in battle was secured by the building of castles. A well fortified, well provisioned castle on a secure site could withstand a siege that could go on for weeks, months or even years. An excellent base from which to militarily dominate a district.
The Normans built scores of them. It was gunpowder that heralded their demise.
Nor are today's generals cowards. No Sandhurst cadet graduates as a general. He earns his spurs aa a junior or middle ranking officer and given the wars of the last century, many paid the ultimate price for it. They got their experience in the field all right several years of it. And they had opportunities to lead from the front. The war cemeteries are full of them!