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"The Byzantine Cataphract Lancers were a form of heavy cavalry that were used in ancient warfare. The cataphracts wore heavy scale armour which gave a high level of protection for their horse and themselves in combat. The Byzantines were not the first to uses cataphracts, other armies included: Scythians, Sarmatians, Armenian and even the Roman army. After seeing the destructive power of the cataphract, the Roman army was to later create its own cataphract unit to help combat the eastern powers. The main use for the cataphract unit was as a shock troop; the lance and heavy armour enabled them to be most deadly when charging; the Byzantines would later improve on this by adopting a wedge formation as to improve the lancers destructive potential in the first strike of close combat."

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