Heavy Infantry

Heavy infantry refers to heavily armed and armoured ground troops, as opposed to medium or light infantry, in which the warriors are relatively lightly armoured. As modern infantry troops usually define their subgroups differently (such as by weapon or type of attack), 'heavy infantry' almost always is used to describe pre-gunpowder age troops.

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Komnenian Byzantine Army - Troop Types - Infantry - Native Heavy Infantry
... Heavy infantry are almost invisible in the contemporary sources ... In the Macedonian period a heavy infantryman was described as a skoutatos (shieldbearer) or hoplites ... Byzantine heavy infantry were armed with a long spear (kontos or kontarion) but it is possible that a minority may have been armed with the menavlion polearm ...
Battle Of Mbwila - The Battle
... Kongo army included a large number of peasant archers, probably about 15,000, some 5,000 heavy infantry equipped with shields and swords, and a musket regiment of 380 men, 29 ... into the Portuguese formation with a vanguard, followed by three divisions of his heavy infantry and the archers on the flanks ... from the field and then launched attacks against the Portuguese musketeers, supported by their own heavy infantry and musketeers ...
Light Infantry
... Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance ... Light infantry was distinct from medium, heavy or line infantry ... Heavy infantry were dedicated primarily to fighting in tight formations that were the core of large battles ...
History of The Heavy Infantry - The Industrial Era and Beyond
... Main article Mechanised infantry See also Panzergrenadier Arguably, the modern successor of heavy infantry would be mechanised infantry equipped with armored personnel carriers (APCs), or infantry fighting ... keep up with cavalry on mobile operations, modern mechanised infantry, now equipped with all-terrain armoured vehicles, can now easily keep up with heavy tank units and support them as powerful combined-arms forces ... increase in combat power and has become an effective force multiplier for infantry forces in modern mechanised warfare ...
Roman Military Personal Equipment - Torso Armour - Lorica Segmentata
... the hamata mail was still standard issue for both heavy infantry and auxiliaries alike ... One is that only legionaries (heavy infantry of the Roman Legions) and Praetorians were issued with the lorica segmentata ... Alternatively, all forms of armour may have fallen into disuse as the need for heavy infantry waned in favour of the speed of mounted troops ...

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