Up to circa 1000 BC
list represents the forces of the Israelites during the conquest of the
promised land. It is the era of the first kings of the united kingdom of
Israel, at the dawn of the last millenium BC. At this period the
Israelite kingdom was constantly trying to expand at cost of its
neighbours. The Israelite kingdom had a number of clashes with the
Philistines, whilst clashes with nomadic Arab forces and minor kingdoms
such as Edom, Moab and Ammon also occurred. The end of this period sees
war against the Aramean kingdoms located in present day Syria.
Israelite army of this age is atypical because its composition doesnít
allow any chariots into itís force. This is mainly due to the
mountainous heartland in which the young Jewish nation lies. The army is
broken up into tribal contingents that furnish bowmen, slinger, light
and heavy lancers Ė the former good at fighting individual in difficult
terrain, the latter forming a closely arrayed heavy wall of spears.
early Israelite army has an obvious lack of any fast moving troops but
has an abundance of choice amongst itís infantry. As Infantry generally
has low points values this will mean that this army will often outnumber
their opponents which allows a concentration of troops at the weak
point. The heavy spearmen can fix the line allowing the lesser troops to
pile in, finishing off the enemy. The selection of infantry allowed does
guarantee the ability to create specialised task forces within the army.