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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 West.
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.

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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.   A high-quality production, in large format, generously illustrated, with bibliography and index.

Arms and armor from prehistory to the age of chivalry are covered in this detailed analysis of medieval arms development.    More than 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 leisure browsers.

Excellent discourse on ancient and medieval Armament
Some one must have liked this book.   I have the 1870 edition.   The 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 illustrations.
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 cross-reference.
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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