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Sumerians & Akkadians 3000BC - 1793BC

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Who did they fight? - City states fought each other. Akkadians fought Sumerians, both fought Elamites, Amorite Nomads, Syrians, Hattic states, outlying regions of the Harrapan (Indian) civilisation.

Army Organisation - Units of 60, 300 & 600 men. Each City state provided a contingent for larger armies.

Best Troops - Axemen (bodyguards), Spearmen, Chariots.

Typical Allies & Mercenaries - Amorites, Gutians, Elamites.

Terrain - Homeland; flat irrigated river valley. Often invaded forested Iranian and Anatolian highlands, the Syrian desert and the Persian Gulf.

Hypothetical Encounters - Akkadians vs Early Egyptians in Phoenicia. Akkadians vs Minoans in Cyprus, Akkadians vs Harrapan (Indian) army in Gulf.




Skin tones - Arab complexion, black hair.

Clothing - Kilts & capes of fleece and felt in natural colours (white, black, grey).

Weapons & Armour - Copper and bronze only.

Shields - Largre reed shields probably faced with red leather. Goatskin bucklers for Amorites.

Chariots - Frame probably covered with red leather.

Onagers - Beige hide with dark manes, legs, tails, white belly.

Standards - Gold inlaid with lapis with coloured streamers.

Bases - Desert or steppe with tufts of coarse grass and stones.

Text by Nigel Stillman.

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