Finally bought the Age of Charlemagne
DLC today and started a campaign with the Lombards. This was the first major battle -
Anno Domini 768, Desiderius, the King of the Lombards, schemes to subject all of Italy to his rule. Abandoned by ist Roman allies in Sicily the Republic of Venice stands alone against the massive Lombard army.
Not having the means to withstand a siege for long the Doge calls the citizens to arms and attempts to drive the Lombards from the hill on which they camped on their way to Venice. The Lombards slightly outnumber the Venetian force (840 versus 818) and are lead by Mauricios, the Doge, himself.
Soon the archers begin firing on both sides. The Lombards have a clear advantage on higher ground and inflict heavy casulties on the other side.
Broken the first Venetian archers flee behind the cover of their spearmen.
As the spearmen try to smash through the Lombard Heerbann
the Venetian light cavalry engages with the enemy. The Lombard Cavalry is supported by a united of Spearmen that has left the shieldwall and thus manages to win.
The shieldwall withstands the attack and because the Lombards have positioned themselves in a wider formation they can surround the Venetians. Soon the first men start to panick, but the Lombards also suffer great casualties, resulting in some troops temporarily withdrawing from battle. A united of heavy armored Lombard swordsmen cut deep gaps into the Venetian formation. Their equippment and training is far superior to that of the hastily gathered milita.
After having repulsed a second attempt to outflank the Heerbann
with light cavalry personally, the old, battle hardened Desiderius contendly watches his superior troops gaining ground, shouting encouragements to them.
Gregory, the Doge´s second in command, already departs from the field of battle with his comrades, seeing that further combat is hopeless. And indeed, soon all Venetian troops flee. Many are taken prisoner by the cavalrymen of the enemy, only a few (48 men) return to their homes. Venice falls pretty much without a fight and it´s cititenz are generously spared by the wearer of the Iron Crown of Lombardy in return for their loyalty and utter submission.
What will Charlemagne do once he hears of the proud cities humiliation? Will the same fate befall Rome and the Pope? Warily the Frankish King watches his warmongering rival and wishes he could put an end to his conquests.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
― H.P. Lovecraft