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Georgian military units 16th-17th century
« on: July 24, 2019, 04:07:09 AM »
I am working on a WFAS mod for Georgia in the early 1600s, this thread is for sources on military units and equipment. If anyone has anything - please share :D

Georgian foot soldier from 1576: shows trapezoidal shield, spear, and turban. No armor. But maybe it is just for sport, rather than combat.

Georgian foot soldier from 1590: looks like padded/quilted robe (because of sleeve) and cloth cap, with saber and spear.

Castelli drawings of cavalry from early or mid 1600s. Aznauri? All three have mail, shields, and bow and arrows. 2 have spears, 1 has saber. All 3 have wawel type helmets, but 1 is wearing his turban instead.

Another 17th century cavalry drawing with mail, spear, shield, bow and arrows. Again, he owns a wawel helmet but is wearing a turban.

Mingrelians and Imeretians used many swords with inclined hilts. Some with straight blades, some curved.

Khevsurs carried dashna short swords, sometimes curved and sometimes straight. No handguard - like a Scottish dirk.  Not sure if there is any direct evidence of their style existing as far back as the 17th century, but the word "dashna" was in use.

Here are some interesting mentions from the book *Edge of Empires*. Kakheti's military potential was 10,000 cavalry and 3,000 infantry in the 1580s. Giorgi Saakadze's cavalry carried muskets in 1609 (battle of Tashiskari). A couple references to nobles carrying spears in late 1500s. Many references to musketeers and cavalry. Archers defended Ateni Castle in about 1550.