The terrain of Iberia which varied between arid deserts and deadly mountain passes meant that whatever military cultures in that area had to be as flexible and innovative as possible. Light infantry and skirmisher cavalry were ideal for the terrain of the Iberian peninsula, making use of hills, valleys and broken terrain to function as strong points for cover and refuge when not engaging in the intertribal raiding which characterised pre-Roman society (as well as post-Roman society throughout the Middle Ages).

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