A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab

By Chris McNab

Now to be had in a memento version, this hugely illustrated giftbook exhibits the growth of weapon know-how during the ages.

From army historical past experts Osprey Publishing, A historical past of the realm in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the way in which warfare is waged and the very global we are living in. From the gladius of historic Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are printed in an array of luxurious colour images and modern photos. Compiled with the help of the various major army historians, this revised quantity finds not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, essentially explaining the blow-by-blow strengthen of army know-how and services around the ages.

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Three sides of the tower were covered by iron plates to make A B O V E : From around 200 BC, Roman armies made increasing use of it fireproof, and shuttered firing ports allowed the tower's siege towers. As a defense against fire, the entire structure was clad in occupants to lay down a fearsome barrage, with on-board rawhide and layers of rags as shown here. During Rome's Jewish Wars weapons including large ballistae and catapults. (AD 66-74), the siege towers were hung with iron plates; the additional weight penalty presumably offset by the increased protection.

IX 1169) shaped cross-section and sharper point. The redesign focused L O N G S W O R D GRIP In combat, the length of the longsword's grip much of the blade's strength in the thrust rather than the cut, provided for some subtlety in how power was with the aim of puncturing through thinner sections of plate applied. The sword could, of course, be gripped or gliding between plate joints. Often mounted knights and swung like a bat, but the hand near the pommel hedged their bets by riding into battle with a cut-and-thrust could also apply pressure to a thrust, or sit above sword on the hip and a thrusting sword kept at the ready on the crossguard on the ricasso to guide slicing their saddles.

Pike schiltron formations did so was as much about tactical innovation as it were thus central to many notable Scottish victories, such as at was about simple technology. the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The Flemish were also skillful exponents of the pike. At the battle of Golden Spurs in 1302, for example, the Flemish successfully used the long geldon spear to resist thunderous French cavalry charges. Pike formations were undoubtedly formidable. In trained ranks the pike could be presented in any direction from a single command, and squares of pike could turn in unison to face emerging threats.

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