A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab

By Chris McNab

Now on hand in a memento version, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the growth of weapon know-how during the ages.

From army background experts Osprey Publishing, A historical past of the realm in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the best way battle is waged and the very international we are living in. From the gladius of historic 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, truly explaining the blow-by-blow develop of army know-how and services around the ages.

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LEFT: An English knight from the late 15th century shown carrying a glaive together with his broadsword and dagger. ) PIKE IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS THE GREEK DORY OR sarissa, the strength of the medieval pike was PIKE MASS Pikes were a well-established feature of medieval warfare by its length. With a haft measuring some 10-20ft the 14th century. As with other pole-arms, they only made (3-6m), the pike provided a defensive reach that tactical sense when deployed in massed ranks. The Scottish, for surpassed all other pole-arms on the battlefield.

Why it impenetrable wall for enemy cavalry. Pike schiltron formations did so was as much about tactical innovation as it were thus central to many notable Scottish victories, such as at was about simple technology. the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The Flemish were also skillful exponents of the pike. At the battle of Golden Spurs in 1302, for example, the Flemish successfully used the long geldon spear to resist thunderous French cavalry charges. Pike formations were undoubtedly formidable. In trained ranks the pike could be presented in any direction from a single command, and squares of pike could turn in unison to face emerging threats.

It could be swung like an powerful axe, or the bill's hook could be used to snare riders or \ puncture their armor. War-hammers were another option, these being OPPOSITE: An ornately decorated halberd made for the Trabanten Guard of the Electors of Saxony in the 16th century. (© Wallace Collection, London/The Bridgeman Art Library). BUI A H I S T O R Y OF T H E W O R L D IN 100 W E A P O N S resist the blows of sword, spear, and many other edged weapons. If there was a vulnerability, it was to narrow, strong spikes (such as a stiletto dagger), and in the way that the armor could make the wearer physically cumbersome.

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