Military History, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1465411585
  • ISBN-13: 9781465411587
  • DDC: 355
  • Grade Level Range: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
  • 448 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released September 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Ever since Egyptian war chariots swept across the plains of Megiddo during the first recorded battle in history, the race for superior technology has always played a crucial role in determining an army's chances of victory or defeat. Building on the success of DK's previous military history titles,Military History is the definitive guide to the evolution of battlefield technology. From the siege towers and catapults employed by ancient invaders to the unmanned drones and stealth bombers used by today's modern armed forces, Military History explores in detail the weapons, armor, vehicles, and other hardware that have made the difference in the heat of battle time and again. Military History is organized chronologically and divided into seven chapters, each covering a specific period characterized by a key military technology. The bulk of the book consists of catalogs of weapons, armor, and equipment, organized by era and type. It also includes features on iconic weapons, famous battles, and narrative overviews that chronicle the impact of changes in military technology.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Consultants and Contributors.
1: To 500 CE: Chariots and Swords.
2: Introduction.
3: Key Development: The First Warriors.
4: Stone and Bone Weapons.
5: Early Metal Weapons.
6: Ancient Siege Warfare: The Siege of Lachish.
7: Ancient Egyptian Weaponry.
8: Key Development: Hoplites and Phalanxes.
9: Hoplite Armor and Weapons.
10: Phalanx and Cavalry: The Battle of Issus.
11: Greek Trireme: Olympias.
12: Key Development: The Roman War Machine.
13: Roman Legionary’s Armor and Weapons.
14: Key Development: The Engineering of Roman Conquest.
15: Roman Fortification: Arbeia Fort.
16: Enemies of Rome.
17: Key Development: Asian Traditions.
18: An Ancient Chinese Army: Terracotta Warriors.
19: 500–1500: Knights and Bowmen.
20: Introduction.
21: Key Development: The Weapons of Early Medieval Europe.
22: Viking Weaponry and Armor.
23: Viking Longship: Havhingsten Fra Glendalough.
24: Anglo-Saxons and Normans.
25: Dark Ages Invasion Force: The Battle of Hastings.
26: Key Development: Armored Cavalry in Medieval Europe.
27: Knights’ Armor and Weapons.
28: Full Steel Plate Protection: Medieval Armor.
29: Knights’ Helmets.
30: A Clash of Knights: The Battle of Bouvines.
31: European Swords.
32: Key Development: Medieval Infantry.
33: Infantry Armor and Weapons.
34: Medieval Archers.
35: Long Range Power: Crossbow.
36: Medieval Knights and Bowmen: The Battle of Crécy.
37: Key Development: Sieges and the Art of Fortification.
38: Medieval Fortification: Bodiam Castle.
39: Key Development: Gunpowder Makes Its Mark.
40: Siege Engines and Early Cannon.
41: Key Development: Arab and Turkish Conflict.
42: The Middle East.
43: The Crusades.
44: Key Development: East Asian Warfare.
45: Mongol Armor and Weapons.
46: Steppe Horsemen: The Mongols at War.
47: East Asian Weapons and Armor.
48: Epic Fortification: The Great Wall of China.
49: Key Development: Warriors of Pre-Columbian America.
50: Pre-Columbian Weaponry.
51: New World Conquest: Aztecs and Conquistadors.
52: 1500–1680: Pikes and Gunpowder.
53: Introduction.
54: Key Development: Pikes and Muskets.
55: Field Artillery and Naval Cannon.
56: European Infantry Armor and Weapons.
57: Simple but Effective Firearm: Matchlock Musket.
58: Pike and Matchlock Musket: The Battle of White Mountain.
59: Key Development: From Lance to Pistol.
60: Cavalry Armor and Weapons.
61: Key Development: The Islamic Empires at War.
62: Ottoman Armor and Weapons.
63: Cavalry and Cannon: The Battle of Mohacs.
64: Mughal Armor and Weapons.
65: Key Development: Conflict in East Asia.
66: East Asian Swords.
67: East Asian Weapons.
68: Japanese Armor.
69: Samurai and Foot Soldiers: The Siege of Osaka Castle.
70: Key Development: European Naval Warfare.
71: Mediterranean Galley: Galera Real.
72: Galley Warfare: The Battle of Lepanto.
73: 1680–1815: Flintlock and Bayonet.
74: Introduction.
75: Key Development: 18th-Century Uniformed Armies.
76: Uniforms of European Armies.
77: Plug, Socket, and Sword Bayonets.
78: 18th-Century Swords.
79: 18th-Century Guns.
80: Flintlock Muskets and Bayonets: The Battle of Fontenoy.
81: Riflemen of the American Revolution.
82: Weapons, Uniforms, and Kit of the American Revolution.
83: Key Development: The Development of Siege Warfare.
84: Field and Siege Artillery.
85: Early Modern Siege Warfare: The Siege of Namur.
86: Key Development: Armies of the Revolutionary Era.
87: French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Infantry.
88: Uniforms of Chasseur and Cuirassier.
89: British Uniform and Kit of the Napoleonic Wars.
90: Weapons of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
91: Forefather of the Modern Rifle: Baker Rifle.
92: Cavalry and the Infantry Square: The Battle of Waterloo.
93: Key Development: Naval Battles in the Age of Sail.
94: Naval Guns and Kit.
95: Carronades and Other Naval Guns.
96: Navigation and Communication at Sea.
97: Naval Swords.
98: Naval Combat in the Age of Sail: The Battle of the Nile.
99: Weapons, Uniform, and Kit of an Ordinary British Sailor.
100: British Naval Officers’ Uniform.
101: 18th-Century Ship of the Line: HMS Victory.
102: 1815–1914: Industry and Imperialism.
103: Introduction.
104: Key Development: The Beginnings of Modern Warfare.
105: Flintlock Muskets and Breech-Loading Rifles.
106: Flintlock and Percussion Pistols and Early Revolvers.
107: Metallic-Cartridge Pistols.
108: Early Repeating Rifles.
109: Uniforms and Insignia of 19th-Century Armies.
110: Early Industrial Warfare: The Battle of Antietam.
111: American Civil War Uniforms.
112: Infantry and Cavalry Swords and Bayonets.
113: Muzzle-Loading Artillery.
114: Key Development: The Wars of Empires.
115: Manually Loaded Repeater Rifles.
116: Machine-Guns.
117: A New Kind of Firepower: Gatling Gun.
118: Breech-Loading Artillery.
119: Imperial Firepower: The Battle of Omdurman.
120: Clothing and Weapons of Africa and Oceania.
121: Self-Loading Pistols.
122: Guerrilla Warfare: Second Boer War.
123: Military Medals before 1914.
124: Key Development: Steam, Ironclads, and The First Battleships.
125: Battleships.
126: The Age of Steam and Big Gun: The Battle of Tsushima.
127: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship: Mikasa.
128: Early Cruisers.
129: Torpedo Boats, Destroyers, and Submarines.
130: 1914–1945: The World Wars.
131: Introduction.
132: Key Development: Trench Warfare.
133: Uniforms and Equipment.
134: Heavy Machine-Guns.
135: Light Machine-Guns and Machine-Pistols.
136: World War I Defenses: Bayernwald Trench.
137: Field Guns, Siege Guns, and Howitzers.
138: Trench-Fighting Weapons.
139: Trench Warfare: The Battle of Arras.
140: Tanks and Armored Vehicles.
141: World War I Tank: Mark V Tank.
142: Communications Equipment of World War I.
143: Key Development: The Growth of Air Power.
144: Reconnaissance and Fighter Aircraft.
145: Bomber Aircraft.
146: Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Aircraft 1939–42.
147: Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Aircraft 1943–45.
148: Bomber Aircraft 1939–42.
149: Bomber Aircraft 1943–45.
150: World War II Long-Range Heavy Bomber: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
151: Bombs and Missiles of World War II.
152: Transport, Reconnaissance, and Liaison Aircraft.
153: Communications and Code-Breaking Equipment of World War II.
154: World War Era Medals.
155: Key Development: Battles at Sea in the World Wars.
156: Capital Ships.
157: Super-Dreadnought Battleship: USS Texas.
158: Cruisers.
159: Destroyers and Escorts.
160: Submarines.
161: Amphibious Invasion: The Normandy Landings.
162: Key Development: Air and Sea Battles.
163: Aircraft Carriers.
164: Carrier and Maritime Strike Aircraft.
165: Air–Sea Combat: The Battle of Leyte Gulf.
166: Key Development: Tanks and Infantry in World War II.
167: Allied Armored Fighting Vehicles.
168: Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles.
169: World War II Armored Vehicle: T-34 Tank.
170: Anti-Tank Weapons.
171: Trucks, Half-Tracks, and Light Vehicles.
172: Uniforms and Equipment.
173: Self-Loading Rifles.
174: Personal Weapons.
175: Water- and Air-Cooled Machine-Guns.
176: Artillery.
177: Airborne Assault: Operation Market Garden.
178: Airborne Forces Uniform and Kit.
179: Resistance Weapons and Equipment.
180: Nuclear Warfare: The Bombing of Hiroshima.
181: 1945–Present: The Nuclear Age.
182: Introduction.
183: Key Development: The Cold War Era.
184: Nuclear Bombers and Interceptors.
185: Nuclear Attack Submarine: USS Nautilus.
186: Key Development: Guerrillas and Terrorists.
187: Assault Rifles.
188: Infantry Firepower.
189: US Marine Uniform and Kit.
190: Close Air Support: Operation Cedar Falls.
191: Helicopters.
192: Attack/Reconnaissance Helicopter: AH-64 Apache.