What was the worst was to be a soldier in?
My nomination: the First Crusade
>Several years with no R&R or time off. Walk from wherever you live, say northern France, to Jerusalem, through marshes and mountains in the winter.
>Starve at multiple points, especially when trapped in the winter besieging Antioch.
>Army gets lost and has no idea what the fuck it is doing. Food supplies can't be found. There is no leader until Boehmond slowly consolidated control later in the war.
>Have to fight in several large multithousand man battles while significantly out numbered.
>70-80% fatality rate as a Crusader by the end, absolutely dwarfing your chances of dying in the Red Army on the Eastern Front.
>Army hit with plague at one point.
>Reduced to eating starving horses as multiple points. Ended up having to use pigs as pack animals to cross the mountains into Syria and knights stuck riding oxen. Go into battle with starving half lame nags or on foot.
>Fight undefeated Steppe horse archers who have gone through most of Asia without significant losses.
>Get peppered with arrows at range and then the horse archers run away when you try to close with them.
>Be victorious but only after most of the army is dead.
>Immediately after winning against the Turks fight war with the Arabs and have another large battle outnumbered 2:1.
>Constant raids throughout the campaign because you can't cover your flanks because you don't know the terrain.