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One must come to the realization that being armored and at the same time swinging a heavy metal or bronze sword all the while slamming into other men hacking,stabbing ect.would be tiring even for a badass of his day and one more thing to truly grasp the realness ever try to neatly slash or stab U'r way into a thick leather coat much less chainmail or hard ...


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Diodorus Siculus' chronicle of the Battle of Eknomos in 311BC: "But when Hamilcar saw that his men were being overpowered and that the Greeks in constantly increasing number were making their way into the camp, he brought up his slingers, who came from the Balearic Islands and numbered at least a thousand. By hurling a shower of great stones, ...


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There were a number of reasons why the Soviet Union produced a large number of good snipers. 1) The Soviet Union had a population of 170 million, more than that of the United States, Germany, Japan, or Britain. They had a larger manpower pool to draw from than the other main combatants. 2) Many of the Soviet snipers came from Siberia, which was much like ...


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The Soviets encountered the Finnish snipers in the Winter War (the number one in your list is - Simo Häyhä - fought there) and saw their effectiveness first hand, so they heavily invested in training snipers right before and during the war. They also had (and still have) good starting material for training - the relatively large number of professional ...


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One major use of artillery was against fortifications / castles etc.. Actually that was the most important role of artillery in the 15-17th century, and had little importance in open battles. Brass cannons were major investments, but they became the main tool of siege, like e.g. in the case of Constantinople in 1453. To destroy thick walls, projected stone ...


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Actually, rockets are very different from artillery, even though they do somewhat the same things ("rain" death and destruction on enemies) from the air. Artillery fired out of "guns" is relatively accurate. That is, it can be counted on to hit a target a few miles away. A "rocket" couldn't be counted on to hit a specified target at ANY distance for most of ...


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To quote from Manual of Gunnery for Her Majesty's Fleet (1880): War Rockets This subject is at present under the consideration of a committee, the results obtained with Hale's rockets being considered most unsatisfactory. At present the 24-pr. rocket manufactured is Mark III., the later patterns having failed to meet the requirements of ...


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The premise is a bit off. Because actually, rocket artillery did become somewhat popular before the 20th century. Rockets were used to great effect in India, by the Kingdom of Mysore against forces of the British East India Company. The British in turn learnt from the Indians and developed their own rocket weaponry which went on to feature in the Napoleonic ...



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