A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab

By Chris McNab

Now on hand in a souvenir version, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the development of weapon know-how in the course of the ages.

From army heritage experts Osprey Publishing, A historical past of the area in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the way in which conflict is waged and the very global 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 the various top army historians, this revised quantity unearths not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, basically explaining the blow-by-blow boost of army expertise and services around the ages.

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The construction of the tortoise ram is similar: it was and forwards by means of ropes, and produced great effect. thirty cubits wide, and, exclusive of the roof, sixteen high. This, like the tower, was covered with raw hides. ABOVE: A French 18th-century reconstruction of the The height of the roof from the eaves to the ridge, seven cubits. On the top thereof in the centre rose a small tower, not less - Marcus Vitruvius Pollio3 A H I S T O R Y OF THE W O R L D IN 100 W E A P O N S more wheels.

Ships to attack in either line astern or as a line abreast, the objective being to punch through or outflank the enemy, and so attack his rear. Triremes often mounted small units of archers and marines, the former to inflict attrition on the enemy ship at distance, while the latter could conduct boarding actions if the opposing vessels were close enough. OPPOSITE: Marble relief found on the Acropolis in the 19th century and dated to the end of the 5th century BC. This is a key piece of evidence in the reconstruction of the trireme oar system and, in particular, the outriggers for the top, thranites tier.

4 * | A H I S T O R Y OF T H E W O R L D IN 100 W E A P O N S hold back or control a horseman at a convenient distance. By using the hook, the halberdier could also snag swords, reins, limbs, and armor, using it even to drag a knight off his horse, where he could be finished off by the stiletto knives and hammers of other soldiers. Charles the Bold of Burgundy, for example, was reputedly killed by a Swiss halberd at the battle of Nancy in 1477, his head cleaved in two by the power of the strike.

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