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Yes It's a variant of the belt claw technique of arming crossbows. Possible reasons include extended range due to a greater pull and presenting a smaller target profile for opposing crossbowmen. Bear in mind that military techniques varied throughout Chinese history, and that much of current theory is based on conjecture. Here's what we do know: Chinese ...


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Between 1600 and to early 1800s, naval technology didn't change much, so we can speak generally about ships of that whole era. How long repairs would take depends on the skill of the people, availability of manpower, availability of tools and material, and availability of suitable dry dock facilities. Finally, it depends on the sort of damage we're talking ...


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In Rome at War, Nathan Rosenstein provides a very careful study of mortality rates in the Republican Army from 200-168 B.C. The overall mortality rate strictly attributable to combat is estimated to be 2.6 percent of soldiers per year (125). Overall mortality is estimated at 4.75 to 5.45 percent of soldiers per year, with non-combat mortality amounting to ...


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Ancient world had bloody history in the East throughout. Casualties were vast and sometimes entire armies were slaughtered. First example which I cite, is the Battle of Kalinga . It is one of the bloodiest battles of history. The casualties and horrors of the war changed Ashoka's heart. That's how we see so much of Buddhism around us. The Battles of Tarain ...


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Oxford English Dictionary confirms that "corrour" is related to the modern "courier," and in fact corrour was used to refer to running messengers as early as 1382 in Wycliffe's Bible. However, corrour also has a secondary meaning as "a light horseman acting as a scout or skirmisher." OED provides examples of this usage from 1523-1603, after which English ...


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People commemorate important events even when they were failures - for various reasons. Propaganda Often they need a rallying point - an inspiring example for the war which is yet to be fought. E.g., the Battle of Chemulpo Bay was a resounding defeat for the Russians. The official Russian propaganda turned that into a momentous act of heroism. The Russian ...



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