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By Chris McNab

Now to be had in a souvenir version, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the development of weapon expertise in the course of the ages.

From army heritage experts Osprey Publishing, A heritage of the area in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the way in which conflict is waged and the very international we are living in. From the gladius of old Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are printed in an array of luxurious colour pictures and modern pictures. Compiled with the help of a number of the top army historians, this revised quantity unearths not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, sincerely explaining the blow-by-blow strengthen of army expertise and services around the ages.

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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.

At many levels, therefore, the Roman bolt-firers were at the forefront of weapons technology for their day. They show that the many Roman victories were not simply a matter of muscle, blade, and spear, but were also supported by the intelligent use of mechanical firepower. 3kg). (Courtesy of the Ermine Street Guard) 37 TRIREME W A R GALLEYS - FIGHTING SHIPS POWERED PRIMARILY BY oars (although most also had sail assistance when not OAR POWER The first galleys were developed by the Greeks and the in combat) - were plying Mediterranean waters by Phoenicians.

The large tower is flames in case it should be fired. In it was placed the machine made with twenty floors, and to each floor there is a parapet of for the ram, which the Creeks called kriodovkh, wherein was three cubits, covered with raw hides to protect it from the the round smooth roller on which the ram worked backwards arrows... The construction of the tortoise ram is similar: it was and forwards by means of ropes, and produced great effect. thirty cubits wide, and, exclusive of the roof, sixteen high.

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