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Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks
(09-13-2016, 01:11 PM)JaM Wrote: If anything, i would expect third row to keep some distance from first two rows, as he can nor reach anybody, therefore he doesnt have to be so close anyway...

I do not think the third rank fought with the other two  We have a nice description in Arrian of the second rank supporting the first, which could come from one of the early tactika.  As you say reach is a problem, but space for the spear is as well. Even in a sarissa phalanx the ability of the weapon to be swivelled laterally to aim at targets is severely curtailed.  Perhaps when the men pack in and the front rank goes to the sword, then the third rank can reach.

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RE: Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks - by Paul Bardunias - 09-13-2016, 01:43 PM

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