I’ve been reading through accounts of various battles, to help promote the correct sort of thought-process for writing the final battle scene. My initial idea I had rejected as a bit too simple and requiring a certain amount of stupidity, but I think it will have to be restored. The vast majority of battles from that sort of era were either won by some decent troops sticking to a simple plan or sheer bloody stupidity.
If Harold lost Hastings principally because his troops couldn’t grasp the concept of “stay there and for god’s sake don’t bloody chase the men on horses” then it’s not too much of a stretch to have a bunch of religious fanatics just charge straight into the enemy, however dumb it might actually be!
What I do want to find is something that tells me about modern military tactics, not for research purposes but purely out of interest. Anyone got a suggestion?