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By Fred T. Jane

Третий год издания знаменитого справочника по военно-морским флотам. Качество сканирования несколько подкачало, но прочесть и рассмотреть можно почти всё.

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The infantry were organized into units of 250, the charioteers into units of 50. Military police accompanied the force. Although Ramses maintained a fleet of ships, these were considered to be a part of the army. In addition, tribesmen from the fringes of the empire were recruited as auxiliary troops. We can assume he also used some of these tribesmen as scouts and spies, since they could more easily blend with the advancing horde and discover the final destination of the enemy’s fleet. How else could Ramses have known to position his ships in the delta when there were so many possible landing sites on the Egyptian coast?

The high prow and stem shapes on the vessels of both sides would have provided an element of counter-buoyancy, helping to prevent a complete roll over. The usual effect, however, was to overturn the ships of the Sea Peoples, as depicted on Ramses’ monument to the battle at the mortuary temple at Medinet Habu. Even a few casualties would cause a lot of disruption to the smooth running of such small ships. With no medical facilities on board, the injured were left to suffer. Both sides fought with their masts and yards standing, the sail still furled.

It had just one purpose: to ram, and ram again. The Mediterranean was divided into 13 areas and each one was allocated a commander and a force appropriate to the threat in that area. Pompey retained direct control over a reserve of 60 of his best ships - almost certainly quinqueremes with well-trained crews. Starting with the waters west of Italy, the local commanders restricted the seaborne movements of the pirates and forced them ashore, where they were destroyed. It took only 40 days to sweep these seas clean of the menace.

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