Posted 20 September 2006 - 10:08 AM
Attila would be invading the Northern Wei dynasty, ruled by Tuoba Xianbei who had themselves been steppe nomads. The Northern Wei armies had lots of experience fighting horse-archer armies, notably the Rouran khanate. Northern Wei armies inflicted major defeats on the Rouran in 424, 425, and 429 (in 424, the Rouran invaded the Wei, and the other two times it was the Wei who invaded the Rouran). Each time, both sides were using mainly light cavalry (i.e. horse-archers). So I think the Northern Wei would have a much easier time against the Huns than the Roman empire did.
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