By William Weir
William Weir, writer of latest web page Book's 50 Battles that modified the realm, takes one other examine the heritage of battle, targeting the that served these recognized battles, in addition to others no longer as excellent. incorporated are: * person weapons-from spears to the submachine gun. * Crew-served weapons-from battering rams to "Big Bertha". * Unmanned weapons-from punji stakes to "Bouncing Betty" landmines and catch weapons. 50 guns that modified struggle even comprises units that, strictly talking, are guns companies, reminiscent of tanks and bombers, yet that have had huge, immense results at the behavior of struggle. This booklet describes the consequences of those guns and the way and why they replaced warfare-from the bloody carnage produced by means of hand guns all through background to the by no means used yet universally feared fusion bomb, whose sole objective is to spoil hundreds of thousands of individuals whereas leaving structures intact. every one weapon isn't just defined, but additionally illustrated to offer a clearer photo of its utilization and results.
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He recruited designers, mathematicians, and craftsmen from all over the Greek world, offering high wages with prizes for outstanding work on new weapons. For stars, there were places at his table. The leading engineers flocked to Syracuse. One of their inventions was the gastraphetes, a type of crossbow with a kind of half-hoop fixed at the end of the stock. To cock it, a man put the half-hoop against his stomach and the front of the weapon against a wall or tree and pushed against it. The soldier was thus able to use the strength of his legs—far more powerful than his arms—to bend the heavy bow.
Chariots seemed to have been used by European nobles to carry them to the scene of a battle, after which they would dismount to fight. Homer’s The Iliad is full of descriptions of this kind of fighting. In Cyprus, a large and largely deforested island that was a kind of Mycenean backwater in classical times, chariots were still used in the old way during the Greek-Persian Wars. And in Britain, the Romans encountered British chiefs still using chariots long after even the Gauls had abandoned them.
The first written directions for refining potassium nitrate are in Roger Bacon’s letter to the Bishop of Paris. There was great interest in the process in Europe but little anywhere else. Warriors in medieval China ranked just above thieves in popular esteem. Nobody in power felt any need to develop more potent powder. The Mongols’ scientific tradition was non-existent. Besides, they were sure they had the ultimate weapon: the horse archer. And, until after guns had developed for several centuries, the Mongols were right.
50 Weapons That Changed Warfare by William Weir