New PDF release: 50 Weapons That Changed Warfare

By William Weir

William Weir, writer of recent web page Book's 50 Battles that modified the area, takes one other examine the historical past of battle, targeting the that served these recognized battles, in addition to others now not as excellent. incorporated 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 capture weapons. 50 guns that modified conflict even contains units that, strictly conversing, are guns providers, equivalent to tanks and bombers, yet that have had huge, immense results at the behavior of conflict. This e-book describes the consequences of those guns and the way and why they replaced warfare-from the bloody carnage produced by way of hand guns all through heritage to the by no means used yet universally feared fusion bomb, whose sole objective is to break hundreds of thousands of individuals whereas leaving structures intact. each one weapon is not just defined, but in addition illustrated to provide a clearer photograph of its utilization and results.

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Those who joined the Ostrogoths did not escape the Huns. King Ermenrich of the Ostrogoths lost his life fighting the Huns. Like the Alans before them, many of the Ostrogoths were incorporated into the Hunnish kingdom. The rest elected a new king to replace Ermenrich and moved west. On the western bank of the Dnieper River their way west was blocked by the Antes, a Slavic people ruled by an Alanic nobility. Jordanes says the Antes defeated the Ostrogoths in their first encounter, but the Goths eventually conquered the Antes.

And again and again, their ships were burned to the waterline by the terrible weapon that came to be called Greek fire. 44 The Most Secret Weapon: Greek Fire No weapon in history has caused more speculation than Greek fire. The formula for it was zealously guarded for centuries, because the eastern Romans considered it a gift from God to the people of the Empire—the eastern bastion of Christianity against Islam and paganism. The Empire alone had Greek fire, but after the introduction of gunpowder the miracle weapon had gradually fallen out of use and was forgotten.

The Romans also invented a new stone-thrower called an onager, which had a single upright arm mounted in an enormous skein of cord. The top of the arm was either shaped like a scoop to hold the stone or the stone was placed in a rope sling at the top of the pole. Roman artillery, like that of Philip and Alexander, was used for both sieges and field battles. Every century in the army (the smallest unit) of the Roman Empire had an artillery piece. The dark ages that followed the fall of Rome created a temporary hiatus in the development of mechanical artillery in western Europe.

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