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The Resource Siege warfare : from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age, Dr Chris McNab

Siege warfare : from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age, Dr Chris McNab

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Siege warfare : from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age
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Siege warfare
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from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age
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Dr Chris McNab
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Operations manual
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Siege warfare : from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age
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eng
Summary
Siege warfare is a demanding form of combat, which occupies a unique place in military history. In contrast to mobile combat, a siege centres on a fixed location, whether a simple hill fort or an entire walled city, and the attacking force has to utilise a mixture of guile, patience, technology and brute force to wear down their opponents, smash through the defences and force submission. This book tracks the technology, artillery and tactics of starting and maintaining a siege from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age, charting the struggle between defensive structures and the various engines designed to overcome them. The offensive tools that military engineers designed are closely examined, and battering rams, trebuchets and ballista are illustrated in minute detail. Once walls are breached, an attacking force then had to get troops inside, and the book also discusses the mining and assault tactics that exploited breaches, and what happened once the invaders had penetrated defences. The more subtle arts of siege warfare are also explored, and the critical roles that negotiation, etiquette, spies, sabotage and infiltration could play for forces both sides of the walls
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QPPL
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1970-
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McNab, Chris
Dewey number
940.1
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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Siege warfare
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Siege warfare : from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age, Dr Chris McNab
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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Contents
1.Setting the Siege -- Fortresses, tactics and logistics -- Defensive design -- Inner defences -- Laying the siege -- Siege tactics -- Physical attack -- 2.Brute Force: Battering Rams and Borers -- Battering rams -- Engineering advances -- Boring machines -- Defensive strategies -- 3.Bolts and Boulders: Catapult and Torsion Engines -- The Mechanical Bow -- Stone throwers -- Innovation and continuity -- Catapult engines in the medieval period -- 4.High-Trajectory Fire: The Age of the Trebuchet -- Traction trebuchets -- Counterweight trebuchets -- The trebuchet at war -- 5.Under and Over: Siege Towers and Escalade -- Mining -- Sapping -- Countermeasures -- Over the top -- Siege towers -- The battle within -- 6.Dark Arts: Subterfuge, Sabotage and Diplomacy -- Strategies for the attackers -- Defenders' Strategies -- 7.Firepower: Incendiary and Gunpowder Weapons -- Weaponised fire -- Gunpowder and cannon
Control code
000063531253
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
155 pages
Isbn
9781785211461
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1022658730
Label
Siege warfare : from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age, Dr Chris McNab
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
1.Setting the Siege -- Fortresses, tactics and logistics -- Defensive design -- Inner defences -- Laying the siege -- Siege tactics -- Physical attack -- 2.Brute Force: Battering Rams and Borers -- Battering rams -- Engineering advances -- Boring machines -- Defensive strategies -- 3.Bolts and Boulders: Catapult and Torsion Engines -- The Mechanical Bow -- Stone throwers -- Innovation and continuity -- Catapult engines in the medieval period -- 4.High-Trajectory Fire: The Age of the Trebuchet -- Traction trebuchets -- Counterweight trebuchets -- The trebuchet at war -- 5.Under and Over: Siege Towers and Escalade -- Mining -- Sapping -- Countermeasures -- Over the top -- Siege towers -- The battle within -- 6.Dark Arts: Subterfuge, Sabotage and Diplomacy -- Strategies for the attackers -- Defenders' Strategies -- 7.Firepower: Incendiary and Gunpowder Weapons -- Weaponised fire -- Gunpowder and cannon
Control code
000063531253
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
155 pages
Isbn
9781785211461
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1022658730

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