Andy R wrote:Dathi wrote:Joolz, Andy R.
I think we have have a tendancy to believe that the whole of the Civil War period was fought in some splendid isolation from Europe and forget just how much experience British Gentry had in fighting in Europe. See Swordsmen: The Martial Ethos in the Three Kingdoms by Roger Manning for a good study of this. Pre 1645 and the New Modelled Standing Army, and particularly in the first year at the least, I strongly suspect that strong European influences would give some forces a much more TYW look that we accept or suspect. There's a thread in here that lists a fair few Officers who survived in Europe over the previous 20 years and we forget that some areas had very strong trading links with the Dutch, Baltic, Denmark, France and Spain. As an example there are at least 3 Dutch men serving as Officers under Sir John Hotham in 1642 - 1643.
Ideas were the easy part transported accross - look how tercios etc were formed in the Dutch and Swedish style for an imediate give away.
BUT, specialised equipment was much reduced compared to the continent - buff coats for infantry and the sheer number of armoured horse on the continent - look how much full cuirasse and 3/4 armour was used where as it was uncommon from the begining and rarely seen after Roundway Down.
The biggest draw back for supplying cuirassiers in Britain was the supply of horses big enough to take the weight, that more than anything is the main reason, I suspect, that Cuirassiers feel out of favour. It was hard enough keeping harquebusiers properly mounted, Sir Henry Westby from Rotherham had to replace 24 horses in 6 months during late 1643 and into 1664 whilst spending most of that time in quarters. Capt.Griffen from the Eastern Assocation required 45 replacement mounts in 12 months.
The arms trade from Europe was pretty substantial but I wouldn't expect anyone to waste effort importing many buffcoats and would only really expect buffcoats on officers, which does include sergeants.