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New PDF release: A history of the world in 100 weapons

By Chris McNab

ISBN-10: 184908520X

ISBN-13: 9781849085205

Now to be had in a souvenir variation, this hugely illustrated giftbook exhibits the growth of weapon know-how throughout the ages.

From army historical past experts Osprey Publishing, A historical past 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 struggle is waged and the very global 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 photographs. Compiled with the help of the various major army historians, this revised quantity finds not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, sincerely explaining the blow-by-blow improve of army know-how and services around the ages.

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Artwork by Graham also to allow hand-and-a-half or two-handed grips. 3lb (1,5kg) they were capable of delivering massive Tactical realities shaped and reshaped the design of the medieval sword. The classic "arming sword," in use from injury in one stroke. about 1000 to 1300, was a lighter cut-and-thrust weapon PLATE ARMOR designed to be wielded with a single hand. The other hand The greatest challenge for the traditional European sword could, therefore, be occupied with a small, round "buckler" came during the 13th and 14th centuries, when plate armor shield, this combination allowing for the nimble fighting became increasingly prevalent on the battlefield.

Yet at certain times in history, even the most basic weapons were harmonized so perfectly with infantry tactics that they helped entire states either become great or fend off great enemies. Such is the case with the hoplite dory. OPPOSITE: A remarkably preserved ancient Greek marble clearly showing a Hoplite warrior armed with his dory. (akg-images/Nimatallah) soldiers, obliged to present themselves for military service to their state when needed. Their ranks tended to consist of the social elite of the day, largely because they were themselves responsible for meeting the costs of body armor, shield, sword, 42 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 and spear.

The blade length was further reduced to c. 2lb/1 kg), and there is some or pushing between an opponent's ribs. From the time of suggestion that the Pompeii sword Augustus (r. 27 BC-AD 14), however, the Spanish sword was was derived from those used challenged by another variant. 5in ancient Rome. (5-6cm) wide. It was a highly maneuverable and powerful close-quarters weapon, which retained the sharp point for dealing with armored enemies. The gladius Hispaniensis has been described as the "sword that had conquered the world," and the Mainz/Fulham type blade continued this tradition through Augustus' great years of ABOVE: A gladius with the remains of its beautiful scabbard, from the late Roman Republic.

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