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Old 10-24-2017, 04:15 PM
 
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Why did the chariots disappear from the ancient and medievel battle fields?

I understand horses alone can cover more terrain if not towing a cart, but when cavalry charged, is usually on flat even terrain. I dont see why a horse with chariot in tow would not still be relevant. I think it may have been even better. One person drives, while the other guy uses the weapons.

Horse with a heavy knight on top of back will fatigue a lot faster than having to drag a wheeled chart from behind. Also the two passengers can concentrate and learn one thing, which means you can churn out more charioteers a lot faster.

I dont see why both horse with rider and chariot cannot exist simultaneously.

Maybe this should be in the history forum instead. Can someone please move for me?
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Old 10-24-2017, 05:17 PM
 
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I'd post this question in a history forum.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:34 PM
 
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Just looking at it as a weapons system a horse not pulling a driver and an archer on a sled but having a archer mounted on its back has more tactical mobility as it is not tied to a road. As we bred larger war horses able to carry a heavy man the shock effect of a heavy cavalry trooper/armored knight was greater than the chariot and without the maintenance and separate driver needed for the chariot
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:36 PM
 
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...Because they had cloaking devices!
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:58 PM
 
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Just looking at it as a weapons system a horse not pulling a driver and an archer on a sled but having a archer mounted on its back has more tactical mobility as it is not tied to a road. As we bred larger war horses able to carry a heavy man the shock effect of a heavy cavalry trooper/armored knight was greater than the chariot and without the maintenance and separate driver needed for the chariot
When they charge though you want even ground. It does not have to be flat, just smooth enough for wheels. So why wont a chariot work on that too?
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:43 AM
 
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When they charge though you want even ground. It does not have to be flat, just smooth enough for wheels. So why wont a chariot work on that too?
Compared to a heavy Cavalry trooper or armored knight a chariot might work but you have an extra soldier just driving and if forced to dismount is less capable when forced to be an infantryman.

Today a sharp shooter, a chariot archer equivalent won't have a driver but a machine gunner might
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