Chris McNab's A history of the world in 100 weapons PDF

By Chris McNab

ISBN-10: 184908520X

ISBN-13: 9781849085205

Now to be had in a memento variation, this hugely illustrated giftbook exhibits the growth of weapon expertise during the ages.

From army historical past experts Osprey Publishing, A background of the area in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the best way battle 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 pictures and modern photographs. 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, in actual fact explaining the blow-by-blow improve of army expertise and services around the ages.

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Indeed, the halberd's strength really lay in unified tactics, although the full range of the weapon's techniques could be somewhat limited by the halberdier's comrades standing close on each side. The halberd gradually fell out of use, outlasted by the longer pike. They, like many other weapons, became increasingly impractical in the age of gunpowder, although they lingered on as ceremonial weapons for many centuries. LEFT: An English knight from the late 15th century shown carrying a glaive together with his broadsword and dagger.

Peter Connolly courtesy of akg-images) » W I III I l i i i w n THE MEDIEVAL WORLD 500-1500 GREEK FIRE GREEK FIRE WAS NOT THE WORLD'S FIRST INCENDIARY DESTRUCTIVE MIX weapon. Simple fire alone had potential to be The composition of "Greek Fire" is uncertain - it most likely "weaponized," if only in the form of burning an consisted of petroleum-based substances mixed with elements enemy's crops, fortifications, or houses as part of such as quicklime or saltpeter - but it was essentially a viscous, a "scorched earth" policy.

Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library) RIGHT: Knights shown competing at a tournament c. 1513 with halberds. (INTERFOTO/Sammlung Rach/Mary Evans Picture Library) OPPOSITE: Capture of Evreux, 1487 from Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis. (akg-images/British Library) pole-arms fitted with blunt smashing heads, perfectly capable of crushing a helmet or smashing a limb. The halberd emerged into this complex picture during the 13th and 14th centuries. Here was a time in which plate armor, worn by mounted knights, was altering the dynamics of medieval warfare.

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