Thats right! The slogans of battle! I was researching war cries on wiki and it suddenly became apparent that this mod desperately needs them...
The following were used by French speaking armies, and crusaders. Also English.
- The Normans' cry at the Battle of Hastings was "Dex Aie!" (Norman French, "God aid us!"). This was last used by the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry during the First World War.
- The French knights of the Middle Ages used to cry "Montjoie! St Denis!", calling upon the patron saint of France.
- The Crusaders used the cry "Denique caelum!" (Latin, "Heaven at last!"). The Crusaders, especially the religious orders, also used "Deus vult" (Latin, "God wills it").
And one for the English..
- At the Battle of Hastings, Wace records that the housecarls of the Saxon army cried "Olicrosse!" and "Godamite!" (Old English, "Holy Cross" and "God Almighty", respectively), while the fyrd cried "Ut! Ut! Ut!" ("Out! Out! Out!").
And here are some unique unit specific ones..
- The Almogavars used to cry "Desperta ferro!", which translates from Catalan as "Awake the iron!". They used to cry this shout the dawn before a battle, while they beat their swords on the nearby rocks to keep them clean from the rust. In the dim light many sparks were lighted, which scared the enemy watching them, as explained by Ramon Muntaner.
- The Vikings screamed and imitated animal sounds during battle to intimidate their enemies. One of their cries was "Ahoy!". This has since become a peaceful greeting used by sailors of many nations, but at the time it was considered to be extremely warlike.
- The various Gaelic-speaking peoples have a long tradition of employing battle cries. One used by the Irish people is "Faugh a Ballaugh!", Irish for "Clear the way!" The O'Neill family motto is the Irish "An Lamh Dearg Abú", in English "The Red Hand" — the heraldic symbol of O'Neill and Ulster — followed by "Abú," which is phonetic and can only be translated at high volume.
Heres some for Spain and Byzantine Empire..
- In Spain, during the Reconquista (718-1492 AD) and the conquest of America, they cried "Santiago", looking for holy protection from St. James, the patron saint of Spain.
- The late Roman and Byzantine empires used "Nobiscum Deus" (Latin, "God with us"), as their battle cry.
And of course the Islamic and Turkish factions..
- "Allahu Akbar" (the Takbir) meaning "God is the greatest" in Arabic — was common in Muslim armies or commonly used by Muslim warriors such as Cheemas in battle, and is still heard today by soldiers throughout the Muslim world.
- The Ottoman Turkish armies used to cry out "Allah! Allah! Allah!" when charging foes.
And there is of course "INSHALLAH!"
- Also, the "URAH!" cry of the Russian red army is derived from the Turkish word for "KILL!" Definately wanna use that one?
So Xenophonia guys, what do you think?