Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armour

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Dorling Kindersley, 2008 - Military art and science - 360 pages
The ultimate record of arms and armour through the ages – in a new compact edition An epic 4,000-year illustrated story of weaponry. From stone axes to heavy machine-guns, swords to sniper rifles, discover the innovative design, range, lethal function and brutal history of arms and armour, and meet the warriors who wielded them.Includes all the important arms through the ages, covering edged weapons, clubs, projectiles and firearms. From ancient Egyptian axes, through traditional bows and spears of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, to the machine-guns and missiles of modern infantry. Key weapons from every era are presented in sharp detail and the mechanisms that operate them are displayed and explained.Top fighting forces, from the Greek hoplite to the Navy Seal are profiled, revealing the weapons they have wielded and the tactics and fighting methods they’ve used.

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About the author (2008)

Richard Holmes became Colonel of the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment in 1999. He has written over a dozen books on military topics, and has written and presented several television programmes, including two six-part BBC TWO series, War Walks I and II, as well as a series on the Western Front. He wrote the series' accompanying books, as well as co-writing the book to accompany the prizewinning BBC series Firing Line. Richard lives in Shrivenham.

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