Guangzhou In Peril
“Shoot! Shoot!” Hao Shao does not even really need to give orders. The soldiers also knew enough to shoot the soldiers pushing the ram. At that moment, Liu Pi’s soldiers that were pushing the ram only totaled up to about a few hundred and were standing in a dispersed manner. That was why Hao Shao’s army was barely able to shoot them with arrows. At most the arrows would hit the shadows and at worst, the arrows would fall before it could even reach the shadows. This was the Liu Pi’s army giving Hao Shao’s soldiers to practice archer. If Hao Shao’s subordinate could survive, they would become elites.
A rain of arrows fell and almost all of the soldiers that ran to the sides were killed. The enemy’s second wave was stopped. Although the second wave was stopped, only a few hundred were killed. Hao Shao felt uneasy. Could it be so easy? When the rams first came out, Hao Shao could barely speak. The middle road that was used to bring harm to the enemy has now been used by the enemy to bring harm to them. But these things had two natures. The road simply made it good for the rams to move. As long as the three rams do not take too much time, the owner of Guangzhou would change.
Hao Shao could not understand what the retreating Liu Bei’s army was thinking.
While Hao Shao was confused, his uneasiness became a reality. Two lines of soldiers appeared amongst Liu Pi’s army. One line wore heavy armor while the other line carried shields. Both lines in total had no less than one thousand men. Two rows of shield soldiers formed the front line with those wearing heavy armors at the backlines pushing the three rams.
Without Hao Shao’s command, the more skilled archers fired their arrows. A rain of arrows fell onto the soldiers. They originally thought that they would obtain kills but never expected the enemy to come out uninjured even after the arrows fell on them.
The enemy soldiers all continued to push the three rams without a single one missing. Only two unfortunate ones were shot in the leg and limped towards the rams.
“Heavily armored soldiers!” Hao Shao shouted. He finally knew what the enemy used to counter his arrows. The battle at Guangzhong was now like two people playing mahjong.
“Haha. Today is the day you die!” Liu Pi watched his soldiers from atop his horse. He had two groups of soldiers. One group wore heavy armor while the other were his bodyguards. Liu Pi was also clever. He split the White Eared heavy armor into two. The outer armor was given to the st.u.r.dy soldiers while the inner one was given to his bodyguards. His bodyguards were then given shields so that the shields can be used to defend the soldiers from the arrows coming from above.
Hao Shao’s first move was to split the archer groups to both ends of the walls and rain down arrows in a cross-fire. This caused Liu Pi to become careless.
Thousands of soldiers perished. Now, Liu Pi found had found a weak point in the cards played by Hao Shao.
As the moat was difficult to cross, I will just use the rams to smash right through the gates. The arrows can be dealt with by the heavy armor and shields. Although there are injuries, it is just like drizzle for the army. But once we break through Guangzhou, you, Hao Shao, will die!
“Shoot! Shoot!” At the side, there were still commanders ordering the archers to shoot. However, the result remained the same. The enemy did not show any response and there were no casualties.
Although the arrows went over the shields, the soldiers were heavily armored and the arrows did not have enough power.
“Stop!” Hao Shao took a deep breath and raised his hand to stop the arrows. This is because Guangzhou does not have many arrows and he did not want to waste it.
With a loud smash, the rams. .h.i.t the city gates. Guangzhou was originally small. After Yuan Shu had proclaimed himself Emperor, the gate was smashed and became battered thanks to Cao Cao. The common people had ran. The ones that remained were those that were motionless or were not able to run away. The city wall was also in disrepair. Hao Shao had dispatched people for repairs but it was difficult as the land was very muddy.
Hao Shao staggered and almost fell to the ground. The entire city wall seemed to move. Hao Shao smiled wryly. This is caused by the ram. The walls would probably break before the door breaks.
Hao Shao quickly stood up and gritted his teeth. “Come! Throw down rocks and wood! Prepare boiling water!” Right now, he needed to stop the three rams. Hao Shao could no longer think of a good method.
“Drop the stones!” The soldiers dropped their bows and started to pick up stones and logs. These all came from the demolished and dismantled things in the city. The current Guangzhou was no longer the same. The place was s.p.a.cious and devoid of people. Many homes were also empty. So, Hao Shao could make use of the pillars and other things that were taken.
Liu Pi’s soldiers did not fear the arrows as they wore heavy armors. The arrows only felt itchy. Heavy armors were meant to ward off sharp weapons.
However, the current situation was different. The things that fell were rocks and wood. They were all blunt weapons. They could deal with one or two hits but could no longer endure it by the third hit. On the surface, they looked unharmed but they were unable to continue taking it internally.
And so, the falling rocks and wood caused casualties. However, these were the lucky ones. The unfortunate ones were the ones who had boiling water poured over them. These soldiers from the Liu Pi’s Army were truly tragic. There were no waterproof helmets.
Those with heavy armor and shields could still somewhat protect themselves. However, those that got splashed at were soaked from top to bottom with hot water. The scalded soldiers mourned painfully as they climbed up from the ground. The smell of meat rose to the city walls.
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“Hmph!” Liu Pi’s eyes turned murderously sharp. The wounded soldiers, were his elites. In fact, the ones holding shields were his bodyguards. He trained them personally. It could be said that he had deep feelings with them. Now that there were a dozen casualties, Liu Pi would naturally be angry.
If Zhang Xiu had not launched a surprise attack, Cao Cao would not have been defeated so badly.
These Yellow Turbans were the most elite troops in the world.
It has fought against various troops like Lu Bu’s Wolf Cavalry and Formation Breaker, Liu Bei’s White Eared Heavy Infantry, Yuzhou’s armored cavalry, Yuan Shao’s First Camp and more.
Zhang Xiu’s Xiliang cavalry, the Yellow Turbans from Qingzhou, was truly dominant in the Three Kingdoms.
A similar one would be the third group of the Yellow Turbans, which was Liu Pi. He was not strong and only second rate. He has no advisors and the leaders in the group were simply the better ones among all the others without quality. Such a person was able to occupy Runan for so long because of the Yellow Turban Army.
On the other hand, half of Hao Shao’s army are recruits. One thousand were recruited locally at Guangzhou by Hao Shao. The other one thousand were given by Liu Mang. It was impossible for Liu Mang to disa.s.semble the other armies to give soldiers to him. He could only give those that went to Hebei to look for a future, those that have not seen blood before, to Hao Shao. Hao Shao was from the Wolf Cavalry and has once been trained by Zhang Liao. He has seen both Zhang Liao and Gao Shun train soldiers. Because of Zhang Liao’s recommendation, Gao Shun could not take over. They knew about Hao Shao’s talent. Hao Shao also has knowledge of himself. He trained his soldiers for more than a month. He knows that if the soldiers were to go out and fight, they would collapse. Right now, the opponent had ten times more troops than him.
If the walls collapse, it would no longer be field battles. He would really need to face an army that was ten times larger. That was why he needed to find a way to destroy the ram.
Liu Mang has did this before at Wancheng. Sun Ce had opened the gates with the rams but was not able to enter Wancheng. This was because Liu Mang had filled up the entrance with debris. Piles of rocks and wood blocked the entrance, making it impossible for Sun Ce to enter the city unless they took the offensive.
Hao Shao was currently unable to do it as the walls of Wancheng were made of piled up bricks covered with layers of clay and lime. It was originally an ancient city and was reinforced by Lu Kang as a precaution against the Yellow Turbans.
Lu Kang was defeated by Sun Ce. Yuan Shu then received Wancheng. Liu Xun became the prefect. Liu Xun was not an idiot. He also reinforced the city to defend it against Sun Ce. Sun Ce also repaired the city as he wanted to use the place. It could be said that the walls of Wancheng was very strong.
However, only a few places at the small Guangzhou was made with bricks. The rest was mostly clay. If the ram destroys the gates, the wall would collapse as well. If the gate collapsed, it could still be blocked. However, if the walls collapsed, it could not be blocked.
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