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24-09-2016, 05:46 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
(24-09-2016 07:44 AM)Chas Wrote:  If you are referring to David and Goliath, David used a sling, not a slingshot.

Chas,

What took you so long?

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28-09-2016, 04:19 PM (This post was last modified: 28-09-2016 04:24 PM by Old Man Marsh.)
RE: Historical Weapons
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28-09-2016, 08:57 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
(28-09-2016 04:19 PM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  [Image: chainsaw_crossbow_by_psbox362.jpg]

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OMM, it’s Historical not Hysterical Weapons. Dodgy



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29-09-2016, 05:10 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
(28-09-2016 08:57 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(28-09-2016 04:19 PM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  [Image: chainsaw_crossbow_by_psbox362.jpg]

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OMM, it’s Historical not Hysterical Weapons. Dodgy



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No, no... I'm pretty sure that it was the Romans who developed the chaingladius. Tongue

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29-09-2016, 06:40 PM
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30-09-2016, 09:08 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
(28-09-2016 08:57 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(28-09-2016 04:19 PM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  [Image: chainsaw_crossbow_by_psbox362.jpg]

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OMM, it’s Historical not Hysterical Weapons. Dodgy



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How about BOTH?

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This is one of the earliest shaped charges. It's basically a pot or a bell filled with gunpowder, placed up against the door or fortification that you want to overkill, and braced to hold it in place better than the target holds in place. You lit a fuse and then you ran and hid, because... well, because the bracing wasn't all that great, and neither was the construction. They had a bad rate of misfire and a tendency to catch their own crew in the blast if anything went wrong.

This was called a petard. It's a French word. It means "fart". A very, very explosive fart.

The French are such a poetic people.

Nowadays, the petard is best known from a line that Shakespeare put into Hamlet, "hoist with his owne petar". Idiomatically, and in Hamlet, it refers to some plot that backfires and comes back to harm the plotter. Most people take it from context to mean a spear, pike, or something else that Vlad the Impaler might have hoist people on, but Shakespeare was referring to an engineer accidentally blowing himself up with a shaped charge.

... that and, given Shakespeare's love of double-meanings, someone achieving temporary powered flight through flatulence.

The English are such a poetic people.
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30-09-2016, 02:01 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
This isn't an actual weapon but a new kind of footwear helped the Romans win major battles along the way. If I remember it correctly, the Romans borrowed the idea of placing hobnails into the bottom of sandals from the Etruscans. It helped soldiers march over rough terrain. The Romans took the idea and built the sandal bigger, better and stronger....just like they did everything else.



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This is a reproduction of one....probably for one of those battle reenactments.

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30-09-2016, 02:57 PM (This post was last modified: 30-09-2016 03:00 PM by Gloucester.)
RE: Historical Weapons
(30-09-2016 02:01 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  This isn't an actual weapon but a new kind of footwear helped the Romans win major battles along the way. If I remember it correctly, the Romans borrowed the idea of placing hobnails into the bottom of sandals from the Etruscans. It helped soldiers march over rough terrain. The Romans took the idea and built the sandal bigger, better and stronger....just like they did everything else.



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This is a reproduction of one....probably for one of those battle reenactments.

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Hob nails were not only for the soldiers, there have been the remains of hobnailed lady's and kids' shoes and sandals found in sites in Britain. The nails are often in decorative patterns on the lady's footwear.

But the European savages taught the Romans about horseshoes. Before that Roman horses also wore bobnailed boots.

But neither of those saved the horses from caltrops.

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Or the soldiers come to that especially if the caltrops were sown in a river ford or under snow.

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02-10-2016, 02:43 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
Hi,

This guy builds and tests some good replicas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0J22Svp8g0

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02-10-2016, 04:45 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
The German Army, in WWII, had hobnails on their boots. They were very handy for transmitting the cold Russian winter through the boots and to the feet.
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