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"sargent" or "sergeant" ?
- Sergeant. As far as I can tell it's not a question of US vs. UK spelling. Organization on the other hand is, so I have left it. Conrad Leviston 08:13, 19 Oct 2005 (CDT)
Okay, what I would like added to this page is trivial information like:
- Who had standing armies? e.g. baronies? kingdoms? city-states?
- Probably anyone who thought they needed them, and could afford. having a standing army meant either taking your own population off jobs like sowing and harvesting crops (thus risking starvation), or inviting in someone else's spare warriors, who needed feeding, and might decide to overthrow you if they thought they weren't paid enough. --Simoncursitor 03:10, 20 Oct 2005 (CDT)
- What jobs formed a period army? e.g. archers, engineers, washerwomen, bodyguards, falconers?
- Depends on period -- early: footsoldiers with spears, axes, some swords plus mounted leaders; middle mounted and foot knights (armoured); mounted scouts and foot infantry (part-armoured); archers and specialists (could be armoured); and expendable peasant militia at the front, unarmoured but killing them off cut down the mouths to feed. Later knights, hackbutters, Swiss mercenaries etc. --Simoncursitor 03:10, 20 Oct 2005 (CDT) (IMHO)
- What resources were carried with an army? e.g. tents, thrones, pigeon coops?
- Were armies generally for offense or defense?