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Warriors of the world

North American warriors - Prior to their contact with European colonizers, Native American warriors chiefly used weapons such as the bow, tomahawk, spear and club. Even after the introduction of firearms in the 16th century, the Native Americans continued to fight in the more traditional ways, favoring ambushes and hit-and-run battles over the formal, ordered tactics of the European settler armies.

The Native American way of war was largely based upon stealth, surprise, camouflage and concealment. Many Europeans misinterpreted such tactics as underhand and cowardly. By employing these tactics, however, The Native Americans could avoid sacrificing their already dwindling population, and fight using the same techniques they used for hunting.

Ottoman warriors- From the 14th to the 18 centuries, the Ottoman army of the Turkish sultans was one of the most professional military forces in the world. Well trained and skilled, the Ottoman warrior used "kilij" a curved sword with deadly precision.

There were many different types of soldier in the Ottoman army. The slave-soldier- part of the sultans's standing army- acted as elite infantry, in contrast to the dispensable foot soldiers. Ottoman cavalry ranged from heavy shock troops to light scouts. Yet all were bound together as a unified, disciplined, tactically intelligent whole. The Ottoman warriors were feared for their proficiency with weapons, particularly curved swords. Those swords had a flaring tip called a "yelmanaa" that enhanced its cutting power, and could sever a head with a single stroke. Cavalry used either these swords or long spears, and protected themselves with long coast of mail and helmets.


Ninja warriors - The origins of the ninja - specially trained covert agents of feudal Japan - are lost in time and legend. Few texts mention them before 15th century, but from then on, these shadowy figures played a central role in the world of Japanese politics and warfare. They were employed by feudal lords in a variety of roles, ranging from sabotage to supporting military campaigns. The last mention of ninja in battle was during the time of Tokugawa clan. Ninja continued to operate covertly until the end of the 18th century, by which time political stability in Japan meant that there was little use for their lethal skills. Yet their techniques lived on, in various manuals of covert warfare written in the 17th and 18th centuries. These techniques were codified in ninjutsu, a form of martial arts characterized by stealth and camouflage.

The ninja utilized an unusual range of weaponry which reflected their covert roles. This includes classic Japanese swords, such as the "tachi", as well as a variety of specialized weapons such as "shurikens".

Zulu Warrior - A cattle-herding tribe in southern Africa, the Zulus developed into military power in the !9th century- a transformation attributed to their chief "Shaka". During Shaka's reign, the Zulus became the dominant military power in the region. Shaka introduced new weapons and tactics, and transformed the military structure. He recruited men between 18 and 20 years old for military services and organized them into regiments, each with separate dresses and shield colors, The Zulus had earlier relied heavily on their trowing spear, but Shaka encouraged them to use the deadly stabbing spear. Protected by long cowhide shields, Zulu armies would attack en masse, attempting to encircle the enemy. First, they would advance at a steady pace, banging their shields with their spears. At about 30 m (100 ft) from the enemy, they would trow the spear and run at full pace to fight with the stabbing spear and club. Through aggressive, these tactics proved costly against Europeans equipped with firearms.

Greek warriors- Hoplite - Hoplities, so named after the "hoplon" shield, were citizen-soldiers- Greek who would, in times of crisis, break away from everyday duties to go to war. Hoplities were the backbone of Greek infantry warfare from the 5th century BCE. Their tactics were disciplined, based on a structure known as a phalanx- an eight-rank-deep formation bristling with spears and swords. The ranks of the phalanx stood tightly in line, each man shoulder-to-shoulder, with shields pressed up against the backs of the men in front. The spears of the first three ranks were pointed forwards in the attack, while warriors in the ranks behind angled their spears upwards, ready to deploy in action. This presented a powerful battering-ram effect against opposing forces. Hoplites also used a sword "hiphos", a double edged weapon well-suited to close-quarters fighting. The most famous among the hoplites were the Spartans, citizens of the city state of Sparta in southern Greece.

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