RW Chapter 93

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Chapter 93 Army Framework

A few days after the victory celebration, Roland finally undertook the great farming project.

A constant dripping sound could be heard from the direction of the windows when he was sitting in his office, it sounded as if it was raining non-stop. It was the sound of the melting snow.

When he visited the countryside for New Year’s, he laid in front of the window most of the time, watching the long ice prisms which hung under the roof turn transparent and then into droplets, which then fell down. At the moment he hadn’t had the time for such leisure. However, writing down plans for the future while simultaneously listening to the voice of earth’s recovery was also very pleasurable.

According to the information gathered from the previous years, the snow would need about one week’s time to melt, but the road between the Border Town and Longsong Stronghold would at least need one month until it was usable again. It took so much time after the snow melted since the road was built out of mud and also didn’t have a drainage system

Roland could already imagine it, if he wanted to defeat Longsong Stronghold, the first thing he needed to do, was to build a road between the two cities which was usable by carriages even during heavy rains.

But now the problem with the highest priority was still the issue of the army’s reconstruction. Without a reliable and mighty army, it would be impossible to defeat the forces of the Longsong Stronghold with his outnumbered troops. Transferring the militia into the regular army was only the first step. The specific preparation of establishing the new rules, discipline, reward and punishment system turned out to be a big headache.

Although as a child he had played land battle chess, however, he had already long forgotten all the previous teachings. Roland, after some thought, simply decided to make up his own plans. Anyway, as the creator of the new army, even if he implemented unreasonable things, no one would discover it anyway.

So Border Towns’ first compilation for the new army was soon prepared: according to the Army, division, platoon, team, squad, five people for a squad (taking into account that a cannon needed at least five people to operate), ten squads for a team, ten teams for a platoon. As for the number of platoons within a division, he decided to consider it later. In view of the overall battle prowess of the armies during this era, as long as he sent out two or three platoons of soldiers, it should be enough to defeat the vast majority of opponents on the battlefield.

When he decided on the basics for the army framework, Roland took a deep breath.

The rules and regulations that came next were much simpler, in addition to always wearing their uniform, they had to obey the commanding officer, never desert, never betray a comrade and so on. Roland’s first rule was to prohibit plundering and harassing.

The problems caused by plundering were numerous, and the negative impact it had on the local inhabitants was so great, that they would need years to recover, if ever. This was also the reason why he had insisted on only using civilians as the members of the military.

When the aristocracy responded to the call for battle of their Lords, the main reason for their obeying wasn’t to defeat the enemy, instead, it was for the looting afterwards. Or in other words, the main reason they followed the call of war, was to plunder the wealth and territory of an enemy, of course, this included also the innocent civilians within that territory.

As for the mercenaries, not to mention bandits, even though they looked steady and fierce, but if you took a closer look, they were just a flag waving in the wind and at the same time robbery was also a major source of their income. So hoping for military discipline from these people was meaningless.

Only an army built up out of civilians wouldn’t see other civilians as only lambs to be slaughtered. Of course, relying on discipline and moral restraint alone wasn’t enough. After long days in the field, the heart of greed would enlarge with each continued victory. Therefore, the given rewards had to always keep up with the greed, only in this way could he prevent looting and other illegal behavior.

In order to make the reward grand enough, Roland decided to offer the greatest reward of all – receiving their own territory. As long as they achieved great merits during battle, they could get their own territory. Roland had many unclaimed territories, like this, the land between Border Town and Longsong Stronghold could slowly be reclaimed.

Since more than 90% of all land belonged to members of the aristocracy, such a reward was absolutely very appealing. Once they had their own property, these people would be closely attached to his side, and in case there was someone who wanted to overthrow him, they would show the strongest possible resistance to protect their benefactor and with this protect their own land as well.

After all, humankind wasn’t driven by words and whips, but by their own benefits. Putting it another way, as long as he could continuously fulfill the basic interests of the people under his rule, there would be no one who could shake his dominance.

Unlike a traditional fief, Roland will grant them an area between a few acres and up to a dozen acres. The territory could be used to build their own residences, and they could purchase serfs or hire farmers to take care of their fields, but they weren’t allowed to set up their own industry. In contrast, the rewarded territory for a knight is close to two thousand acres, an area equivalent to a small village. The above-mentioned industry income was used to provide the knight and his attendant’s for their war necessities, for example, it was needed to purchase their own weapons, armors and horses.

Being awarded such a small area of land wasn’t of much interest to the aristocracy and as such wouldn’t encounter much resistance, but it would also weakened the feeling of independence for the people on the battlefield. In Roland’s view, it was just like paying a retirement pension, which would ensure that the soldiers had a stable income even after retirement.

At the same time, in order to strengthen the centralization of power, and to avoid that the thought that “servant’s servant is not my servant,” would occur, he would only grant them the ownership of the territory but no autonomy. In other words, the land was still under the jurisdiction of the laws, regulations, and systems in the Lord’s area. In a sense, they would become the foundation for the future generations of farmers.

After he had written down the concept for the reward system, Roland took a break and stretched his body. Then finally he could start thinking about a field within his own area of expertise – R&D weapons.

With the increasing speed of flintlock manufacturing, continuing to use spearman to protect the gunners seemed to be a waste of manpower, so the latter needed the ability to fight independently in melee combat.

There was a very easy solution to this problem, that was, adding a bayonet to the flintlock. Roland didn’t expect his own men to take the initiative and engage in close range combat, instead they should only have the ability to defend themselves in case the power of the gun wasn’t able to completely destroy the enemy’s courage and they started a desperate attack.

A weapon like a bayonet wasn’t so difficult to manufacture, describing it in easy to understand words, it was just a sharp cone, and in the case of further improving the killing effectiveness, he could also add a blood groove into it. The key part was the connection between the bayonet and the gun, the first bayonet was a blade which was connected to a thin wooden pole, which could be directly put into the barrel of the gun. The advantage of this construction was that it was quite simple, the disadvantage was also very obvious, if the bayonet was used the gun was unable to fire, and in addition, if it was used to stab someone, it could happen that the bayonet would become stuck in the enemy’s body.

So Roland intended to produce the improved second generation bayonet – the casing type bayonet. The bayonet had an iron casing added to the blade’s handle. The inner casing diameter was slightly larger than the grooved barrel.

One only needed to weld a piece of iron with a hole on top of the barrel. After plugging the bayonet on top of the barrel and inserting a filling into the hole, it would become fixed. The blade had a triangular form, with three sharp blades, if pierced into the body it wouldn’t fall off, and it would also leave a difficult to heal wound.

After the installation of the bayonet, the bayonet would be slightly longer than the barrel, and so also complicate the loading process, but compared to a folding bayonet, it was much simpler for mass production. As long as there was a sample, any blacksmith was able to reproduce it.

But to enable the bayonet to play an important part in a battle, it was important to train the soldiers in how to use it.

But Roland naturally didn’t know anything about it. Fortunately, he remembered that his Chief Knight had once boasted, that he was able to use any weapon. So he just had to find him and get him to teach the others how to fight with a bayonet.

 

TN: For more information about bayonets. They seemed to fall off all the time 😀


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  • D Evans

    Hold on I thought they had Flint lock pistols if so how is a bayonet going to fit though nothing wrong with giving them a close combat blade,a nd honestly he shouldn’t phase out blades,spears,and bows since they would come on handy for stealth missions

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Roxerer, Jatz, and Erik W.! At the rate they’re getting new technologies the troops are going to be so disappointed the next thing is a essentially adding a knife to the musket instead of something like a lightsaber.

  • SirKulinski

    Damn, casually throwing out the Geneva convention etc. xD Then again, he is kinda desperate with low manpower so… Gasses are next?

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • AlmightyMustard

    One thing that kind of bothered me was that he added a “blood groove” to the bayonet. The grooves on the sides of many medieval blades are called fullers and are meant to make the blade lighter without losing the rigidity of a heavier blade. It has nothing to do with blood or killing people faster.

  • Pastare

    Well that world probably has something true, but the one the MC “possessed” was not educated in wars and tactics and so has nothing in his memories aboutit. So the MC created his own system, which will become the norm if he succeed in his plan (which he probably will, or that means he lost and his story ends there ^^).
    My point is that the MC does not remember how it worked in this world, the body he possessed does not have memory of current world tactics, which the MC probably would not have followed anyways as they are not adapted to the kind of warfare he is preparing. So he created a new rule.

  • Light

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Hikigaya Hachiman

    The site is redirecting me to : http://l1mwgvewknwibv.xyz/

  • meganeshounen

    Blades on guns huh.
    Gunblades (or gunspears) are still a-ways off, but bayonets never go out of style.

  • Cristian N. Hernández

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Khitman18

    Hmm, as a ex-serviceman myself, I just find it weird for a 500 troop formation to be called a mere platoon. Platoons are usually about a troop of 2-3 squads about 20+ people; I know its nitpicking, but it just seems weird to me that he would call that a platoon.

    Fire teams are about 3-4 people, and squads can usually have around 2-3 fire teams.
    About 3-4 squads form a platoon, which in turn would form a company. (100+ troops).
    They would in turn, form a battalion, which I think is the proper designation for a 500 troop sized force.
    Now know that this is a medieval esque type of era, but if Roland is trying to to make a renaissance type of army formation, I think this should still apply.

    • Pastare

      Well he did say that he didn’t remember much on how it worked, so basically he made it up, just how he created a new measuring unit. Which is fine since there are no other equivalent in his time. A platoon is now 500 troops for ever in that world ^^.

      • Fanchan

        pastare you realize they have war over there right so they probably have there own system

    • Fanchan

      well he said he didn’t know much about that but i guess his platoons are going to be big as hell

    • Skoonting

      Medieval periods also had smaller armies in general, so perhaps it’s taking into account the sizes of armies being led? Like you won’t see armies consisting of hundreds of thousands of soldiers in this world most likely.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • ampzz

    Thanks for the release just thought I’d catch you up on a minor error.

    “relying on discipline and morally restrain alone wasn’t enough, after long days in the”
    Should read as; “relying on discipline, and moral restraint alone wasn’t enough. After long days in the”

  • Wazzurai
  • Neruz

    Old bayonets are pretty shite, but modern bayonets are excellent weapons. The key to good bayonet usage is both training and having guns that are designed to be used with bayonets, get those two things right and a rifle + bayonet is basically a short spear that you can shoot people with.

  • MangoGuy

    Bayonets are a good idea for human warfare….but I wonder what the king will have to say once the stronghold is taken and people get land…..this is looking good!

  • Neruz

    You know from the sound of it he’s basically introducing a renaissance style military system to a nation that appears to still work on the feudal monarchic system of knights and conscripts. That’s a pretty major change and will give his army some very hefty morale bonuses compared to the foot soldiers of his enemies.

    • Wrandral

      That’s pretty much what he’s doing since he can’t jump from medieval tech to modern though as we saw his renaissance/early modern era phase is going to be better structured and faster than what we got.

      • Neruz

        Yeah, he doesn’t need to figure out how to do a renaissance military system so he can just introduce the final finished product, avoiding a lot of ‘teething issues’ that would otherwise be problematic. His soldiers are going to be far more motivated than the peasant conscripts the others can raise though and he’ll probably retain that morale bonus until the church armies show up.

        • Wrandral

          This is also why his army will have good bayonets and not the shitty ones soldiers had to start with ^^

  • Aaron Frawley

    they say if you listen to enough raindrop’s you ill eventually hear an entire Mozart symphony
    jokes