By Chris McNab
Now on hand in a souvenir version, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the development of weapon know-how in the course of the ages.
From army heritage 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 warfare 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 pictures and modern pictures. 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 increase 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.
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. Plate armor, if well made, could largely UULlIJ.
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.