Bernd 01/30/2020 (Thu) 19:52:57 No.34380 del
>short sword
True. They know spata too, but I think that was the sword of the cavalry.
>Which allowed their formations more flexible
I'm not sure that was the reason.
>stirrup wasnt much used
Yeah, first rigid (metal) stirrups were brought into Europe by the Avars. Textile/rope stirrups were used by steppe people for who knows how long, but I dunno their usefulness. In other cultures, I dunno.