While war rages with the Romans in the East, to the South the novice Sassanid commander continues with his orders to subjugate the Arabic tribes. Horse depleted from his previous battle against the Arabs, he is forced to raise a host of levy troops to bolster the remaining troops. The Arabs appear muster in a similar situation, reduced in cavalry and camelry but supported with a greater number of skirmishers ideal for the rough ground that comprises the desert battlefield.
The battle begins with an aggressive move on the Arabic right flank, over a steep hill and rough ground, while on their left a host of horse and camels break off and form ready, screened by skirmishers. In response, the Sassanid commander started his own advance, using his levies to shield his war elephants from missiles and advancing quickly with his cavalry force on the right flank. On his left, however, he orders his troops to hold, concerned that the spearmen will lose formation int he rough ground and be overrun by lighter Arabic troops. It is a costly decision for the levies, who's role in the battle is soon reduced to target practice, as Arab stones and arrows clatter into them from rough ground they cannot assault with much hope of success.
Still, the command thinks cynically, that is all they are good for anyway.
On the Sassanid right, a prolonged cavalry engagement ensues which ultimately lasts the entire battle. The Sassanids gain early dominanc, but as their horse is split up and separated, the Arabs manage to inflict a rout on many of the Persian horse. In the centre, half of the levy troops advance in a determined march, war elephants trumpeting behind. On the left, spearmen hold their ground under a barrage of enemy missiles, displaying courage in excess of their station and training. All through this stage, the Sassanid command is tense: although heartened by the early victory of his cavalry, he sees them lose momentum and begin to collapse, while on the left he fears for the confidence of his defenseless soldiers. But they hold. Well enough, at least.
The critical moment comes as the centre finally reaches it's targets. With the Arab force split, so too do the Persians, elephants barreling into massed cavalry on the left while the remainder hunt reserves in the centre. Even here, success is far from assured as the Arabs manage to surround some of the more impetuous beats and drive them off. But their strength is ultimately enough to drive the Arabs back, supported with some rogue units withdrawn or fled from other parts of the battlefield. Slowly, the battle seems to turn in the Sassanid commander's favour, but when it becomes apparent that he will hold the field at the end of the day, it comes with not a cheer but a sigh of relief. On another day, the battle could have gone otherwise. But today was his.
The Sassanid army drives off the Arabs, 38-45, in a close battle all the way through to the end. Thanks to TheGreyMouser for putting up more than stiff resistance to Perisan imperialism.
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