Posted by Dr. Uncle Mark on September 12, 2000 at 04:40:00:
In Reply to: Re: Knife & Tomahawk posted by Bill R on September 11, 2000 at 22:33:40:
Have not seen Private Ryan, although I've had a copy for 2 months from Calsious Shattoe and have not watched it yet, waiting for the right moment. Battle scenes in Braveheart...again, I can only give an opinion based on what I've read and watched and been involved with in 18th century reenacting....I think they were well done....a lot of terrible, messy hacking and hewing, little tactics other than get in there with your mass of men in some semblence of a battle line and push forward either to wedge into the enemy or bring in the flanks to crush. I don't know a lot about 13th century tactics...In 16th, 17th, 18th century, Highlanders usually tried to attack running down hill to have an advantage, with targe on left arm and dirk held in left hand to push enemy away and then slash, right hand held axe or broadsword which did the stabbing, hacking, etc.....Ok, nuff of that. So, I liked the scenes in Braveheart, although you realize that at that time, the kilt was not "invented"...not until the late 15th century or so.....But, how do you make a film about Scotia without kilts!!
Thanks for your info about knife and hawk!
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