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By Chris McNab

Now on hand in a memento version, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the growth of weapon expertise throughout the ages.

From army historical past experts Osprey Publishing, A background of the realm in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the way in which battle is waged and the very international we are living in. From the gladius of historical Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are published in an array of luxurious colour pictures and modern photos. Compiled with the help of a few of the prime army historians, this revised quantity unearths not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, essentially explaining the blow-by-blow strengthen of army know-how and services around the ages.

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ROMAN BOLT ARTILLERY T H E R O M A N S , FOR ALL T H E I R U N D O U B T E D I N V E N T I V E HEAVY WEAPONS genius, good There were several different types of arrow-firing Roman technologies when they saw them. During the Punic weapon, and we start by looking at the biggest - the ballista. To were never above borrowing Wars of the 3rd century BC, Roman soldiers became acquainted with Greek torsion-powered artillery, used either for hurling stones or for launching large, modern eyes, the ballista looks largely like a huge crew-served crossbow.

The growing use of cannon from the 14th century meant that suddenly flimsy wooden siege towers became increasingly vulnerable to gunpowder-based return fire, and the labour involved in their construction ceased to pay convincing dividends. Yet these epic fighting platforms still impress us today as ungainly motifs of counterfortress warfare. ROMAN BOLT ARTILLERY T H E R O M A N S , FOR ALL T H E I R U N D O U B T E D I N V E N T I V E HEAVY WEAPONS genius, good There were several different types of arrow-firing Roman technologies when they saw them.

Indeed, the success of the galley design meant that Channel, where the triremes had the advantage of maneuver. 8m) in the beam, and with a height above the waterline (to the top of the hull) of about 6ft 6in (2m). The draught was just 3ft 3in (1 m), ideal for moving around frequently shallow coastal waters, and the flat hull profile meant that the trireme could be beached easily for amphibious landings. Around 170 individual oars projected from the sides, and these could take the trireme up to a speed of about 8 knots, although cruising speed was more in the region of 4-6 knots.

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