50 Weapons That Changed Warfare by William Weir

By William Weir

William Weir, writer of recent web page Book's 50 Battles that modified the area, takes one other examine the background of battle, concentrating on the that served these recognized battles, in addition to others now not as excellent. integrated are: * person weapons-from spears to the submachine gun. * Crew-served weapons-from battering rams to "Big Bertha". * Unmanned weapons-from punji stakes to "Bouncing Betty" landmines and catch weapons. 50 guns that modified battle even comprises units that, strictly conversing, are guns companies, akin to tanks and bombers, yet that have had huge, immense results at the behavior of conflict. This e-book describes the results of those guns and the way and why they replaced warfare-from the bloody carnage produced via hand guns all through historical past to the by no means used yet universally feared fusion bomb, whose sole objective is to damage hundreds of thousands of individuals whereas leaving structures intact. every one weapon isn't just defined, but additionally illustrated to provide a clearer photograph of its utilization and results.

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The fortyeighth, recruited in the anthracite district of Pennsylvania, was full of coal miners. Colonel Henry Pleasants, the regimental commander, overheard the soldier’s comment. Pleasants himself was a mining engineer in civilian life. He asked the army engineers about mining the fort. Mining enemy fortifications is an ancient tactic, one that was practiced long before explosives were discovered. The preexplosive method was to tunnel under a fort’s walls, propping them up with timber as you dug.

C. Adrianople was a decisive battle for two reasons. First, it resulted in the Goths staying in the Roman Empire, living under their own kings and armed with their own weapons—wandering armies completely independent of the emperor—a situation that eventually led to the Visigoths sacking Rome itself. Second, it introduced the stirrup to central and western Europe. The stirrup made possible the heavily armed cavalry lancers—the knights and men-at-arms who were to be the decisive element in most European wars for the next thousand years.

In 660, Callinicus, seeing the apparently unstoppable Muslim blitzkrieg, brought his invention to Constantinople in the hopes that it could save Christianity. ” Writing some four centuries after the battle, Anna Comnena, the brilliant teenaged daughter of the eastern Roman Emperor Alexius, said, “On the head of each ship he had fixed a lion or other land animal made of brass or iron with the mouth open and gilded over, so that the mere aspect was terrifying. ” Anna’s Alexiad, a history of the career of her father, is one of our best sources for the weapons available to the east Romans and their enemies.

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