By Chris McNab
Now to be had in a souvenir variation, this hugely illustrated giftbook exhibits the growth of weapon know-how throughout the ages.
From army background experts Osprey Publishing, A background of the realm in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main innovative, altering the way in which warfare is waged and the very international we are living in. From the gladius of historical Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are printed in an array of luxurious colour images and modern photographs. Compiled with the help of a number of the best army historians, this revised quantity finds not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, essentially explaining the blow-by-blow improve of army expertise and services around the ages.
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5kg) bolt could be whipped out to 450yds (420m). They were also accurate, with historical accounts testifying to individuals deliberately picked off at extended ranges. The skeleton of an Iron Age Briton, killed in battle against the Romans at Maiden Castle, Dorset, in A D 43, has a ballista bolt lodged neatly in its spine. T H E A N C I E N T W O R L D 5000 BC~AD 500 ROMAN REACH Torsion artillery obviously proved its worth in battle for the c c Ballistae are constructed on varying principles to Romans, as they went on to develop several different produce the same results.
The Vikings in particular produced many refined examples of this type of sword, often with hilts decorated in silver, brass, or gold geometric designs. OPPOSITE RIGHT: A German manuscript image shows the brutal effectiveness of the broadsword as it slices through a rival knight's helmet, (akg-images) OPPOSITE: The great seal of Edward III depicts the king holding a chained broadsword in his right hand, and a shield in his left. The sword was a clear status symbol in the medieval world due to the sheer cost of produce one.
But their general size meant that they would noses of the defenders, the engineers relying on archers to suppress enemy fire while they toiled. 92 m) 72ft (21m) 300ft (40m) but this era also saw their downfall. The growing use of cannon from the 14th century meant that suddenly flimsy wooden siege towers became increasingly vulnerable to gunpowder-based return fire, and the labour involved in their construction ceased to pay convincing dividends. Yet these epic fighting platforms still impress us today as ungainly motifs of counterfortress warfare.
A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab