What technologies or ideas rewrote the book of war?




 
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October 6th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 

Topic: What technologies or ideas rewrote the book of war?


Exactly what it says. What are the big leaps of human invention that completely changed the way we fight wars? A few obvious ones for starters:
The stirrup
The bow
October 6th, 2004  
doddsy2978
 
There are so many - the rifle, the crossbow ... one could go on and on...
October 6th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
That's the idea of course. Interesting topic of discussion of course. Tell what and why, etc.

The bow (and other ranged weapons) made it possible to fight without being in direct contact with the opponent.

The stirrup vastly improved Cavalry and made it much easier to stay on a horse while holding a sword or shield or bow. Cavalrymen could use the stirrups as extra leverage to hit harder and make their blows effective.
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October 7th, 2004  
Damien435
 
 
Interesting fact:

The crossbow has killed more people than any other weapon in history and is the only weaon in histoy to have been condemned by the Vatican, not even nukes were condemned. They reason? It was not honorable, it allowed an ordinary man the ability to kill an enemy from a great distance with little or no training.
October 7th, 2004  
Hegario
 
The chariot used by the Hittites was probably the most revolutionary as it was the first attempt at mobile warfare. They were kicking Egypts behind badly until the Egyptians got their own chariots.
October 7th, 2004  
Cadet_Shelton
 
Gunpowder
October 7th, 2004  
Patriot_1989tobeyond
 
I'd have to say that the caraval was a mojor turning point in naval history as it allowed navies, Such as Great Britain and Spain, to be made effective in a wider variety of weather and winds
October 7th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Conscription.
October 7th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
When the French Revolution introduced the concept of Mass Armies and conscription, the days of war being dominated by strictly professional warriors was greatly diminished.
October 7th, 2004  
Trevor
 
Aviation