An extract from Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291
by Ian Heath
[based on Moko Shurai Ekotoba by Takezaki Suenaga]
86. MONGOL INFANTRYMAN
Although early Mongol armies were exclusively cavalry they gradually came to include a large percentage of infantry recruited from the subject populations of conquered territories,
principally Chinese but also Turks, Arabs, Khwarizmians, Russians and others.
Main weapons appear to have been a long thrusting spear (principally as a defence against horsemen), javelins, bow or crossbow, and a shield could be carried.
Others were engineers. This particular figure, from the Mongol Invasion Scroll of 1293, is probably a Chinese auxiliary.
He wears helmet and quilted body-armour, probably of felt.
See also 85 Mongol Heavy Cavalryman,
83, 84 Mongol Light Cavalryman,
90 Mongol Standards &
95 Mongol Pony in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath
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