By Chris McNab
Now on hand in a souvenir version, this hugely illustrated giftbook exhibits the development of weapon know-how throughout 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 conflict is waged and the very international we are living in. From the gladius of historic Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are published in an array of luxurious colour images and modern pictures. Compiled with the help of many of the best army historians, this revised quantity finds not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, essentially explaining the blow-by-blow boost of army know-how and services around the ages.
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Plate armor, if well made, could largely UULlIJ. 4 * | 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 hold back or control a horseman at a convenient distance. By using the hook, the halberdier could also snag swords, reins, limbs, and armor, using it even to drag a knight off his horse, where he could be finished off by the stiletto knives and hammers of other soldiers. Charles the Bold of Burgundy, for example, was reputedly killed by a Swiss halberd at the battle of Nancy in 1477, his head cleaved in two by the power of the strike.
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. Plate armor, if well made, could largely UULlIJ. 4 * | 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 hold back or control a horseman at a convenient distance. By using the hook, the halberdier could also snag swords, reins, limbs, and armor, using it even to drag a knight off his horse, where he could be finished off by the stiletto knives and hammers of other soldiers.
HOPLITE DORY SPEARS WERE UNDOUBTEDLY AMONGST HUMANITY'S earliest weapons, if only in the form of a simple HOPLITE WARRIORS Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of the ancient Creek city-states, sharpened stick with a fire-hardened point. Over and from the 7th to the 4th centuries BC they were amongst the time, and in the context of human combat, they most proficient warriors on earth. They were essentially amateur separated into two basic types - throwing spears and stabbing spears. The former were used to inflict casualties at a distance, hopefully wearing down enemy numbers before close-quarters battle, at which point the stabbing spear would come into play.
A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab