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D. 582- colour of bannerole, crest, and surcoat was that of the regimental standard, and no two 'bands' ' Thus the in the same ' turma had standards of the same hue. line presented an uniform and orderly appearance, every band own Strapped to his saddle regimental facings. which he assumed in cold each horseman carried a long cloak, displaying its and rainy weather, or when, for purposes of concealment, he wished to avoid displaying the The light trooper had less glitter of his armour 1 . complete equipment, sometimes a cuirass of mail or horn, at others only a light mail cape covering He the neck and shoulders.
In metal value. 2 THE BYZANTINES AND THEIR ENEMIES. D. 582- drew a ditch and bank along the lines of the Mensores' ropes, each corps doing a fixed amount of the work. A thick chain of picquets was kept far out from the camp, so that a surprise, even on the darkest of nights, was almost impossible l . The main characteristic of the Byzantine system of tactics is the small size of the various units employed in the operations, a sure sign of the existence of a high degree of discipline and While a Western army went on its blundering way two or three enormous battles/ each mustering training.
D. THE BYZANTINES AND THEIR ENEMIES. ] 43 attendant, who drove a cart containing a hand-mill, a bill-hook, a saw, two spades, a mallet, a large wicker basket, a scythe, and two pick-axes 1 ,' besides several other utensils for whose identity ' 2 Thus twenty spades and twenty were always forthcoming for enpick-axes per 'century trenching purposes ; a consummation for which the modern the dictionary gives no clue 3 . ' company would be glad if it could find a parallel. So was the organization of the Byzantine army that it contained not only a military train/ but even an ambulance-corps The value attached to the of bearers (o-icpi&avoi) and surgeons.
A History of the Art of War: The Middle Ages from the Fourth to the Fourteenth Century by Charles Oman