It must have seemed like fearsome magic to the first warriors who were confronted with the power of gunpowder. Other Song military applications of gunpowder included primitive hand grenades, poisonous gas shells, flame throwers and land mines. The first artillery pieces were rocket tubes made from hollow bamboo shoots, but these were soon upgraded to cast metal. McGill University professor Robin Yates notes that the world 's first illustration of a cannon comes from Song China, in a painting from about 1127 A.D. This depiction was made a century and a half before Europeans began to manufacture artillery pieces.
This was the very beginning of what is now called rocketry. After this, in 1232, china was in war against the mongols.The chinese soldiers attached arrows to these bamboo tubes used at festivals and lit one end so that the arrow would fly into the opposition, and not blow up in the chinese soldiers faces. After seeing china 's newest technology, the mongols developed their own crude rockets and eventually spread the technology into europe.
gunpowder was made to be a potion for unlimited life but it ended up becoming an explosive that is used to kill people. after the chinese found out that gunpowder exploded they used it in a lot of fireworks until a couple hundred years later when they started using it in war. gunpowder changed war in many different ways. first of all it could be used in cannons to shoot cannonballs at the ground and make holes in the ground in these holes you could hide or use them to store things like other weapons. the smaller holes were also dangerous because people could trip over them and possibly get shot.
One technology found in Oryx and Crake that has a parallel to one found in our world would be the spray gun (the weapon that Jimmy shot Crake with). Inspired by the popularity of the ray gun in science fiction of the 1940’s, the spray gun is a lethal weapon in Jimmy’s world that is powered by virtual bullets. In real life, there is LAWS: the Laser Weapon System, developed by the US Navy, and currently housed aboard the USS Ponce. This laser utilizes concentrated infrared radiation at varying intensities and is capable of emitting a “warning” optical glare, a control system knockout blast, and finally, a destruction shot. As for my opinion on this technology, I am fairly neutral.
The 1800s in North America saw large weaponry changes, particularly for rifles, pistols, and bombs from the days of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the end of the Civil War. There is a slight disagreement on exactly when gunpowder and the weapons using it first were discovered, though most agree it was the Chinese. In the 900 's, Chinese alchemists accidentally discovered gunpowder instead of the intended elixir of immortality.
The introduction of gunpowder revolutionized medieval Europe and hastened the decline of the knight and the end of the medieval style of warfare. Before gunpowder revolutionized medieval Europe, every weapon was dependent on the user’s strength to operate. For example, it took immense strength to operate a traditional war bow with the average draw weight being around 140 pounds.1 Even the siege weapons of the time depended on brute strength to ratchet a pulley that would draw a rope to prime a ballista or ready a mangonel.2 The armies of the era consisted of both aristocratic knights, unskilled peasants and skilled archers.3 It was expected that a knight would provide all of his own armor, training, and horses. This meant that only the
Although the nuclear bomb was completed, it lacked a means to transport it. Thus, a program named Silverplate, was created in order to provide a means of transport. Under the Silverplate program, batches of improved B-29 bombers were produced specifically designed to carry and use atomic ordinance. The B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, which dropped the Little Boy nuclear bomb at Hiroshima was produced under the Silverplate program alongside fifteen other bombers between February and June 1945. The B-29 Bomber responsible for the Hiroshima bombing received its name on August 5, 1945 by Lt. Col Paul W. Tibbets.
America has evolved quite a bit in the last two hundred years, alog with that , the way we fight wars has also changed. During the revolutionary war, the two opposing parties would stand on an open field in lines and take shots at each other. The rebelling colonists did use guerilla warfare quite often though. Guerilla warfare is when a fighting force uses stealth and ambush attacks to beat the enemy. During this time, themain weapon of choice for bothsides was the flintlock musket.
It snagged on equipment and clothing, slowing attackers, who were prime targets for snipers as they tried to disentangle themselves. Machine Guns were another weapon used in World War 1. The American Hiram Maxim had invented the gun that bore his name in 1884. Germany’s standard heavy machine gun, the Maschinengewehr 08, derived from the Maxim and could spit out 400 rounds per minute. The British machine gun was the Vickers machine gun, which could shoot 450-500 bullets per
A catapult can launch a projectile into a thick, brick wall, destroying it to get to the enemies. A diagram is also shown in the article, stating what parts are called on the catapult. This article also explains how the catapult launches in a fast motion to sling a boulder out of it’s pouch, with extreme accuracy. A lot more information can be found about what types of catapults specialize in, and how they all work in this