15 September 2022

Guang Chuan (廣船)

Drawing of a Guang Chuan, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.

17 August 2022

Sha Chuan (沙船) and Ying Chuan (鷹船)

Sha Chuan (沙船, lit. 'Sand ship')

Drawing of a Sha Chuan, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.

20 June 2022

Ming Chinese cavalry tactics — Part 2

In my previous blog post, I briefly touched some of the tactics used by Ming cavalry against their nomadic enemies. In this one, I will delve deeper and discuss a formation used in Dao Chao (搗巢) operation, or more specifically, the formation used during the return trip of such an operation.

Jiao Lu Chao Chu Bing Zhen (剿虜巢出兵陣, lit. 'Barbarian nest suppression mobilisation formation')

Drawing of Jiao Lu Chu Bing Zhen Tu, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.

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