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Actually, I can say Japanese ( being happening to be native Japanese well, ) did not use the crossbows almost at all throughout its entire history except for shortly before 10th century. ( I am sorry this is Japanese and Wiki site ) According to the above source, along with the increase of Samurai's gradual role throughout Japan ( up until, say, at least ...


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The O-Yumi, a large crossbow essentially acting as a siege weapon was used, but the typical crossbow itself was eschewed; the samurai did not like the crossbows as much as their Yumi, which were also considered spiritual tools. Additionally, there were complaints about the issues in training soldiers to use the crossbows and technological issues present in ...


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This pistol had specific Cyrillic alphabet marking for the army, Latin alphabet marking for Police - "Policijski", Officer marking - "Oficirski" Etc. and specific name: "Vojno-Drzavni pistolj" - "Military-State pistol" http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/FN_Model_1922_1653.jpg http://sh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browning_1910/22_Vojno-dr%C5%BEavni


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Some informative answers particularly the respondent who wrote about the making of historical katanas which accurately described the process as lamination not pattern welding. Whoever wrote that doesn't have a clue about Japanese swordsmithing. The remarkable thing about those ancient swords was that despite having poor quality ore to work with they ...


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Mines, like most other passive defense systems, have a limited utility. Mines don't stay in one spot, as storms and currents move them, sometimes into your own areas. Mines fail as sea-water corrodes them. You have to place them in huge areas yet a narrow swept lane negates nearly all of their usefulness. So unless you already control the seas, your ...


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This is two different questions: What if Germany as diverted the resources wasted in the U-boat campaign (or at least half) to saturation mining of the Med and British waters? Kind of a judgemental question, but it is true that more mining might have been effective. The Mediterranean was heavily mined during the war. In general ships had to take ...


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I can't comment here yet, so I'll have to make this an answer despite its being broad, but I hope useful. If you're looking for the end of the sword "being used as a primary weapon by infantrymen or cavalrymen in Western warfare" then I think you have answered your own question: "the High Middle Ages (12th century)." Stretch that to 1300 or so. One might ...



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