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Why were slings phased out of medieval armies in favor of bows?

Phased out? Says who? Slings were used in European armies until the 16th century...the Castilian king had 30,000 infantry slingers in 1386...The sling was last used in Europe for military purposes at ...
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How much more damage can a big cannon do to a ship than a small one?

At the simplest level, yes, a larger shot will have better penetration than smaller shot for the same muzzle velocity or for a given powder charge. The amount of damage/casualties actually caused will ...
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How much more damage can a big cannon do to a ship than a small one?

As a supplement to @SteveBird 's fine answer, I took the values he supplied, passed them through the R and generated some plots using ggplot. In all cases, solid shot like these, while perfectly ...
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Why were slings phased out of medieval armies in favor of bows?

Ranged attacks work especially well in volleys, as the concentrated firepower is likely to wound more people simultaneously, causing confusion and fear, and making it harder to regroup. A group of ...
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When did the Allied war aims change?

The requirement for "unconditional surrender" as the only acceptable end to the war was agreed on at the Casablanca conference between the leaders of the three main Allies (UK, US, Soviet ...
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Gaulish logistics during Caesar's invasion

It would be a mistake to characterize the Gauls (as Roman writing often does of any foreigners) as primitive. They were an exemplar of the La Tene material culture, to which Rome owes much of its ...
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How much more damage can a big cannon do to a ship than a small one?

As a supplement to @bob1 's fine answer, which already is "a supplement to @SteveBird 's fine answer" You might want to plot with the pounder on the x-axis: (x-axis: pounder in pounds; y-...
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What historic examples are there of swords being used a primary weapon in history?

Sorry, this will be the list answer: Roman legionaries post Marian reform. Some units in Landsknecht pike square were armed wit two handed swords in order to break opposing pike formation. 300 men ...
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When did the Allied war aims change?

Article 8 of the Atlantic Charter states: they believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no ...
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Has a CIWS system ever shot down a missile in combat?

Yesterday Houthi’s fired upon US destroyer, CIWS was used on missile within 1 mile of the ship.
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