New PDF release: A history of the world in 100 weapons

By Chris McNab

ISBN-10: 184908520X

ISBN-13: 9781849085205

Now to be had in a souvenir variation, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the growth of weapon expertise throughout the ages.

From army historical past 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 innovative, altering the way in which conflict is waged and the very global 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 photos and modern photographs. Compiled with the help of many of the prime army historians, this revised quantity unearths not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, basically explaining the blow-by-blow increase of army know-how and services around the ages.

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At the business end was a broad, leaf-pattern was placed on the natural toughness, athleticism, and spearhead, while at the other end was a corresponding metal motivation of the hoplites, rather than high levels of martial butt spike called a sarouter. The purpose of the spike is much skill (with the exception of warrior states such as Sparta). debated. It almost certainly acted as a counterbalance, to make What made the Greek hoplite such a daunting warrior was the spear easy to hold and wield.

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. However, Not all siege towers would have been as bold as the Roman engineers were not always mindful of the extra stress caused by Helepolis, the heavy cladding and some towers did spontaneously collapse.

The most important piece of protective gear, however, would be the hoplon shield, made of wood but sometimes with a sheet of bronze on the face. compressed scrum, the ranks further back maintaining forward pressure with their shields to keep those in front pressing forward. This clash was known as othismos - a "shoving (7m) long. Alexander's troops were also professional soldiers, match" - perfectly encapsulating this form of warfare. properly drilled and trained. In the 2nd century BC, the PHALANX VICTORIES phalanx showed its limitations against the Romans, who utilized maneuver, firepower, and rough terrain to break up Life inside the phalanx was claustrophobic and brutal, but in the phalanx's tight formation, which then left it vulnerable to the hands of a skilled commander the formation was also sword-wielding Romans.

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