A History of the World in 100 Weapons (General Military) by Chris McNab PDF

By Chris McNab

It's a truism to claim that background is written by way of the winners. yet what's it concerning the winners that cause them to so robust? during this enlightening new booklet, Chris McNab searches for solutions to this question and lots more and plenty extra, telling the tale of the historical past of the realm in the course of the lens of the guns used over time.

Arranged through age, McNab info a hundred guns of background in a highly-illustrated structure. between those a hundred weapons:

 • Roman gladius that helped identify the Roman Empire
 • eastern Katana, or Samurai sword
 • English longbow, used to defeat the French on the conflict of Agincourt
 • Maxim gun
 • Flying fort of worldwide warfare II - the epitome folks army superiority
 • bomb on Hiroshima that made a weapon the final word deterrent
 • AK-47 rifle.

A background of the realm in a hundred Weapons offers each one weapon in complete aspect, exploring the how and why of the weapon's improvement, the days from which it emerged, the way it was once utilized in conflict and through whom, and to what quantity and effect. information of the way and why every one weapon was once invented, the days they emerged from, how they have been utilized in battle.

Drawing on tales of well-known battles, wars and leaders linked to every one weapon, McNab provides a vibrant background of the guns themselves and their context within the improvement of worldwide heritage.

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Sinew, into which the bow arm was inserted. The bowstring was drawn back by means of lever power, and was held in place by a ratchet. When the string was released, the torsion springs released their tension and the bow arm whipped forward, launching either a stone or a heavy dart. 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.

Between 334 and 323 BC, for example, demonstrated what could be achieved through a bristling wall Alexander of Macedon, following in his father Philip's of spears, and that lesson would continue on in modified form footsteps, used the phalanx to conquer much of Eastern Europe until the Middle Ages. and central Asia. His phalanx, however, could be between 16 and 32 ranks deep, and they utilized the longer sarissa . spear, which could reach up to an arm-breaking 23ft BELOW: Reconstruction drawings based on positions detailed on ancient Greek vases to illustrate weaponry training for a Hoplite soldier with his dory.

By this time, it was becoming evident that galleys were not ideally suited to serving as platforms for cannon, and the invention of the rudder and improved sails had taken away their maneuverability advantages. Combined with the fact that sailing ships were now capable of the oceanic voyages demanded by the "Age of Exploration" (galleys did not perform well in rough, deep-water seas), the galley was relegated to the history it had dominated for so long. JJ J HHMM THE ANCIENT WORLD 5000 BC~AD 500 LEFT: Thranites and zygios "rowing benches" on the modern recreation of a trireme christened the Olympias.

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