By Chris McNab
Now on hand in a memento version, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the growth of weapon know-how during the ages.
From army background experts Osprey Publishing, A heritage of the area in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main innovative, altering the way in which struggle is waged and the very international we are living in. From the gladius of old Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are published in an array of luxurious colour images and modern photos. Compiled with the help of a number of the best army historians, this revised quantity unearths not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, truly explaining the blow-by-blow enhance of army expertise and services around the ages.
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Ballistae were serious weapons. 1kg) bolt to an effective range of 300yds OPPOSITE: A 17th-century interpretation of a Roman Scorpio, with a two-man crew preparing to fire a salvo of arrows. (akg-images/IAM/World History Archive) ABOVE: Invading Roman armies did not allow difficult terrain to stop them deploying their siege machinery. This photograph shows the remains of the ancient fort of Gamala in modern-day Israel, which was successfully captured by the Romans. In recent years archaeologists have discovered ballista balls in the ground, definitively proving that ballistae would have been transported to the site of the siege.
At many levels, therefore, the Roman bolt-firers were at the forefront of weapons technology for their day. They show that the many Roman victories were not simply a matter of muscle, blade, and spear, but were also supported by the intelligent use of mechanical firepower. 3kg). (Courtesy of the Ermine Street Guard) 37 TRIREME W A R GALLEYS - FIGHTING SHIPS POWERED PRIMARILY BY oars (although most also had sail assistance when not OAR POWER The first galleys were developed by the Greeks and the in combat) - were plying Mediterranean waters by Phoenicians.
The sword was a clear status symbol in the medieval world due to the sheer cost of produce one. (British Library Egerton Charter 2132) t • 'J'' ' r m r i r• ABOVE: The battle of Wakefield, December 30, 1460. Richard, heavy, and consequently arming sword blades tended to Duke of York, can be seen wearing Italian armor with a tabard over become longer and heavier, to increase the momentum of the it, and was killed during the battle. Fought as part of the English Wars of the Roses, the brutal killing and subsequent executions marked the beginning of a less chivalrous form of warfare that swing and hence its impact on the opponent.
A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab