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In a world where even toy guns are reviled by pacifist
parents there exists the extraordinary Eyewitness Book Arms & Armor.
Studying weaponry is an unusual, fascinating angle on human history, as people have always
used weapons to hunt, defend themselves, or attack. This intriguing photo
essay examines the design, construction, and use of hand weapons and armor -- from the Stone Age axe to the revolvers and rifles of the Wild
In the tradition of the Eyewitness series, Arms & Armor begins with a short
introduction to prehistoric weapons, accompanied by a photograph-rich spread with
fascinating, history-packed, fun-fact-loaded captions. From crude Paleolithic
hand axes, we progress to missile weapons; the first warriors (and the effect of the
discovery of copper and bronze on tools and weapons); the weapons of the armies of ancient times; weapons from the Dark Ages; European swords; crossbows versus longbows; axes, daggers, and knives; plate and mail armor; Indian warriors; Japanese samurai's;
early firearms; flintlock firearms;
duelling swords; duelling pistols ("Although
illegal, for centuries duelling was a popular way for 'gentlemen' and army officers to
settle their quarrels," the section begins); bizarre, extraordinary, seemingly
impractical hand weapons; grenadiers and cavalry; pistols; "Guns that won the West"; North American
Indian weapons; and, believe it or not, more. This book is sure to find an
audience with youngsters obsessed with knights and times medieval, art-history buffs,
amateur historians, or anyone with a penchant for pistols.
Very well written, this book has it all. If you ever wanted a book about infantry weapons of the 20th century, this is *the* book
for you. It has everything, from the first world war
all the way to the nineties. Sections cover the main wars, and every main
weapon of the era is extensively discussed. Great pictures (apart from one 2-page
black-and-white pic where you can see the computer missing a line... :)
Anyway - it has it all. even *armor*!
Describes portable arms and armor from the time of the
Greeks and Romans to the early 19th century.
Five chronological chapters, each covering one major period of history, are
followed by two thematic chapters which provide an introduction to oriental armor, and
sporting armor as it was used for hunting and the tournament. A very good book
indeed - great pics. The first book about weapons and armor I bought, and well worth
the money too.
From the ancient Greeks to the advent of the machine gun, all significant developments in
the soldiers' combat equipage are comprehensively treated, with clear, concise narrative
and many beautifully rendered full-color pictures.
This work is a companion to Bull's "20th-Century Arms and
Armor", which is similar in format and also highly recommended.
high-quality production, in large format, generously illustrated, with bibliography and
Arms and armor from prehistory to the age of chivalry
are covered in this detailed analysis of medieval arms development.
30 centuries are studied here, but the tone is lively and light, using evidence of arms
found during excavations and descriptions in literature and art to lend insight into early
warfare. The Archaeology of Weapons is good for high school study or for
Excellent discourse on ancient and medieval Armament
Some one must have liked this book. I have the 1870 edition.
author is really M. P. Lacombe with Boutell's translation. An excellent
overview of the development of weapons and armor from the first stone weapons to the the
early hand cannons and black powder.
From primitive flint axes to nuclear
and biological warfare, Weapons is the most comprehensive one-volume reference to the
history of weaponry. Drawing from museums and private collections, this
updated edition describes the exact specifications of each piece and places all weapons in
the context of their utilisation in particular wars and campaigns. 2,500
Well organized summaries of many weapons. The Diagram Group's "Weapons" is
an excellent quick-reference guide to all types of armaments. It consists primarily
of line drawings arranged by functionality and drawn to scale. There are also pages
of weapons silhouettes organized by area and time period that serve as a quick
As a sword collector, I've found this book to be
invaluable when trying to identify an unfamiliar piece. While it doesn't have the
depth of a reference like George Cameron Stone's encyclopedia of arms, if you know what
the weapon looks like, you can find it quickly, instead of being stuck in the catch-22 of
needing to know the piece's name to find out anything. It also includes short
sections on weapon histories and theory (for example, the evolution of the cartridge, the
uses of various explosives, ballistic trajectories) that make fascinating light reading.
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