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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. http://warfare.tk/Ottoman/MelchiorLorck/A_Georgian_foot-soldier.htm

Georgian foot soldier from 1590: looks like padded/quilted robe (because of sleeve) and cloth cap, with saber and spear. http://warfare.tk/16/Vecellio-Georgian.htm

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. http://warfare.tk/17/Georgia-Christophoro_Castelli-album.htm

Another 17th century cavalry drawing with mail, spear, shield, bow and arrows. Again, he owns a wawel helmet but is wearing a turban. http://warfare.tk/17/Georgian-The_Knight_in_Panthers_Skin-H599-f255.htm

Mingrelians and Imeretians used many swords with inclined hilts. Some with straight blades, some curved. https://www.academia.edu/14723908/SWORDS_AND_SABERS_OF_WESTERN_GEORGIA_WITH_INCLINED_HILTS_AND_WITHOUT_CROSSGUARDS_AND_THEIR_PLACE_IN_THE_EVOLUTION_OF_CAUCASUSIAN_EDGED_WEAPONS

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. https://www.academia.edu/5504157/Short_sword_dashna

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.