Hittite armies receive reinforcements this week with these three light 2-man chariots, perfect to support the heavier 3-man chariots we launched last week.
These sets continue our focus on the Battle of Kadesh. You’ll have seen part one of Nigel Stillman’s look at this, the largest chariot battle of all time, published last week – you can read it here.
This is a Hittite or other Anatolian 2-man, 2-horse Light Chariot, with the a crew of a Driver and a choice of Spearman or Archer. This chariot can be used in both Early Hittite and Hittite Empire armies, either as a native Hittite or other central Anatolian, including Gasgan, chariot.
Hittite chariots were lighter in the early period and different to the heavier 3-man chariots of the later Empire period. This chariot cab is constructed with animal hide stretched partly over a wooden frame. It is still of fairly simple design, has no bow cases or quivers, and has wheels with 4 spokes.
Hittite or other Anatolian, 2-man, 2-horse light chariot. with a crew of a Driver, Spearman or Archer. Can be used in both Early Hittite and Hittite Empire armies as a native Hittite or other central Anatolian or Gasgan Chariot.
This chariot cab is constructed with a wooden frame, fully covered by animal hide, and has wheels with 6 spokes.
Hittite or other Anatolian 2-man, 2-horse Light Chariot, with option for crew of either an Archer or Commander. Can be used in both Early Hittite and Hittite Empire armies, including those of other central Anatolian and northern Anatolian (Gasgan) states.
This chariot cab is constructed from a wooden frame, covered fully by animal hide; has bow cases on the sides and has wheels with 6 spokes. Chariots like this were still used by Hittite armies in the Late Bronze Age.
The new light chariots are an ideal foil for the heavy chariots here. There are loads more Hittite releases on the way as well as the spectre of the New Kingdom Egyptians on the horizon…