Ask Mr. Donn
How were the many small villages in the Gupta Empire protected from attack by invaders?
The Gupta Empire provided each village with a military squad to protect them. The squads, which were supported by the village, were also part of the royal army. During times of war, the local squads all drew together to make up the royal army. A typical squad consisted of an elephant, a horse drawn chariot, three cavalry men and five foot soldiers. It doesn't sound like much when you look at one village at a time, but together, village squads formed a powerful army. The Gupta Empire