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Weapons And Warfare

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eriq adams

on 3 November 2011

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Weapons AND WARFARE time period 1550-1650 Bows and Arrows were popular
Usually made with flexible wood like yew or willow
Arrow were smooth shafts of wood with barbed arrowhead so it wasn't easy to pull out without causing more damage, usually had feathers at end to keep it flying straight the British or English preferred longbows because it was easier
to hit targets at farther ranges
Other European nations preferred crossbows because it had more power and was more compact Every man under the age of 60 had to learn how to use a bow When gunpowder was invented guns started to replace bows
There were three guns popular at the time th musket, caliver, and the Elizbethan Pistol
Musket was 5 1/2 feet and had to be fired from a prop, a bipod or tripod
Caliver was 3 feet long and could be fired from the shoulder
Elizabethan pistol was worn on the waist, but would often backfire and hurt the shooter
Cavalry would often have 3 or 4 pistols and would shoot them all and then would have to retreat and reload or draw their sword Other common weapons were the Blaive, Mace, Ax,and of course the Sword in many different forms
The Blaive was a spear like staff, but wasn't popular in most European countries.
Mace was a wooden or iron ball with spikes usually made for bashing armor and concussion-like attacks.
Ax was popular because it could be double sided or even put onto an end of a staff.
The sword came in different shapes and sizes like longswords, 2-handers, short, scimitar, and even the dagger was considered a sword. During Peacetime the British would often have a peacetime army to protect the queen or king
the british were known for helping their allies
Every family who would have an annual more than 1,000 euros had to have a private militia group to protect them and their land
Women would often carry daggers to protect themselves and men would carry weapons ranging from a sword or rapier to a wooden club WHen the army needed people to join they had something called a "press gang", which was a bunch of recruiting officers who would take men right off the street to join the army
the army was divided up into brigades, companies, etc.
100-200 men were a company
a battalion was 2-7 companies
then a regiment was several battalions
a Brigade was 2-5 battalions The Spanish Armada
The spanish armada were the kings/rulers of the seas until there demise
when british finally decided to take Spain's throne of the sea they chose the perfect time
the final battle between the British Royal Navy and the Spanish Armada was huge
The spanish Armada had 150 "Floating Fortresses" (2,500 guns and 30,000 men on each) and the British had 134 ships and some privately owned ships
The british destroyed about 15 of the ships and captured some, but the rest escaped back to Spain while the flagship was chased into open waters and sunk no has ever found the shipwreck
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