Part of a Celtic culture that stretched from Ireland all the way across to the Galatians of Turkey, the Gauls occupied France and maintained cultural links with the Ancient British. Gallic and British armies would have a core of infantry warbands composed of warriors with shields, spears or swords, some armored, some not. A few tribesmen would instead be armed with bows or, particularly in Britain, slings. Nobles were better armored and rode horses or, in Britain, chariots. Gaesatae were fanatics who charged into battle naked, relying on their skill at arms and the shock value of their ferocious reputation for protection.