Instruments of War: Weapons and Technologies That Have Changed History

Editor: Tucker, Spencer C.
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Single-User Purchase Price: $89.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $133.50
ISBN: 978-1-44-083654-1
Category: History - World history
Image Count: 75
Book Status: Available
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This reference work provides a fascinating overview of the major weapon systems and military technologies that have had a major impact on world history. Addressing weapons as crude as the club used by primitive man to the high-tech weapons of today such as unmanned drones, Instruments of War: Weapons and Technologies That Have Changed History offers illustrated entries that examine the key roles played by specific weapons and identify their success and failures.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Instruments of War
  • Club and Mace
  • Ax
  • Sling
  • Spears and Other Pole Arms
  • Pilum
  • Throwing Sticks or Throwing Clubs
  • Picks and War Hammers
  • Dagger (Knife)
  • Sword
  • Lance
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Blowgun
  • Shields
  • Helmet
  • Body Armor
  • Chariot
  • Galley
  • Trireme
  • Corvus
  • Greek Fire
  • Mechanical Artillery
  • Spring-Powered Artillery Engines
  • Torsion-Powered Artillery Engines
  • Counterweight-Powered Artillery Engines
  • Saddle
  • Stirrup
  • Viking Longboat
  • Caltrop
  • Gunpowder
  • Land Mines and Mining
  • Longbow
  • Crossbow
  • Harquebus
  • Matchlock
  • Wheel Lock
  • Snaplock (Snaphance)
  • Pistols, Early Types
  • Land Artillery, Early Gunpowder Types
  • Leather Gun
  • Fuzes
  • Petard
  • Pike
  • Carrack
  • Galleon
  • Naval Artillery, Early Types
  • Gunner's Quadrant
  • Turtle Ships
  • Frigate
  • Ship of the Line
  • Mortars, Early
  • Bomb Vessels
  • Howitzer
  • Shell
  • Shrapnel (Spherical Case Shot)
  • Carcass
  • Case Shot (Canister or Canister Shot)
  • Grapeshot
  • Flintlock
  • Air Gun
  • Rifle (Muzzle-Loader)
  • Blunderbuss
  • Bayonet
  • Turtle Submarine
  • Sea Mines
  • Balloons
  • Popham's Signal System
  • Steam Warship
  • Percussion Cap
  • Rockets, Early Types
  • Carronade
  • Shell Gun
  • Railroads
  • Telegraph
  • Telephone
  • Ironclad Warships
  • Warrior, HMS
  • Naval Gun Turret
  • Monitor, USS
  • Minié Ball
  • Revolver
  • Napoleon Gun
  • Parrott Guns
  • Dahlgren Guns
  • Breech-Loading Rifle
  • Dreyse Needle Gun
  • Cartridge
  • Dynamite
  • Gatling Gun
  • Mitrailleuse
  • Lebel Rifle
  • Mauser Gewehr 98 Rifle
  • Mauser C96 Pistol
  • Maxim Gun
  • Steel Armor, Naval
  • Armor-Piercing Projectiles
  • Quick-Firing Naval Gun
  • Torpedo
  • Torpedo Boats
  • Destroyer
  • Dynamite Gun
  • Smokeless Gunpowder
  • Trinitrotoluene
  • Bicycle
  • Breech-Loading Field Artillery
  • French 75mm Gun
  • Breech-Loading Heavy Guns at Sea
  • Dumdum Bullet
  • Hollow or Shaped Charge
  • Browning (Colt) .45 Semiautomatic Pistol
  • Lewis Gun
  • Browning Automatic Rifle
  • MP18 Submachine Gun
  • Barbed Wire
  • Sandbags
  • Camouflage
  • Pillbox
  • Hand Grenades
  • Rifle Grenade
  • Stokes Mortar
  • Big Bertha Mortar
  • Paris Gun
  • Poison Gas
  • Livens Projector
  • Flamethrowers
  • Motor Transport
  • Armored Car
  • Tanks, Early
  • Antitank Rifle
  • Antimaterial Rifle
  • Wright Brothers’ Military Flyer
  • Aircraft, World War I
  • Fokker E.I Eindecker Fighter Aircraft
  • Interrupter Gear
  • De Havilland DH 2 Fighter Aircraft
  • Nieuport 17 Fighter Aircraft
  • Sopwith F.1 Camel Fighter Aircraft
  • Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz Heavy Bomber
  • Gotha G IV Bomber
  • Handley Page O/100 and O/400 Bombers
  • Zeppelins
  • Director Fire Control and New Range Finding at Sea
  • Dreadnought, HMS
  • Invincible-Class Battle Cruisers
  • Furious, HMS
  • Argus, HMS
  • Submarine Development to 1914
  • Depth Charge
  • Hydrophone
  • Radio
  • Antiaircraft Artillery
  • Browning M2 .50-Caliber Heavy Machine Gun
  • Molotov Cocktail
  • Biological Weapons
  • German 88mm Gun
  • M-2A1/M-101A1 105mm Howitzer
  • Long Lance Torpedo
  • Thompson M1A1 Submachine Gun
  • MP40 Submachine Gun
  • Sten Gun
  • M1 Garand Rifle
  • MG42 Machine Gun
  • Mortars, Post–World War I
  • T-34 Soviet Medium Tank
  • M4 Sherman Medium Tank
  • PzKpfw V Panther Medium Tank
  • PzKpfw Tiger and King Tiger
  • Self-Propelled Guns and Artillery
  • Birch Gun
  • Jeep
  • Truck, 2.5-Ton
  • Landing Craft
  • DUKW Amphibian Truck
  • Mulberry
  • PLUTO
  • Destroyer Escort
  • Yamato-Class Battleships, Japanese
  • Iowa-Class Battleships, U.S. Navy
  • Essex-Class Aircraft Carriers
  • Escort Aircraft Carriers
  • Liberty Ships
  • Snorkel
  • Sonar
  • Leigh Light
  • Radar
  • A6M Reisen (Zero) Japanese Fighter Aircraft
  • Bf 109 German Fighter
  • Junkers Ju 87 Stuka German Dive-Bomber
  • Hawker Hurricane British Fighter
  • Supermarine Spitfire British Fighter
  • North American P-51 Mustang U.S. Army Air Forces Fighter
  • Grumman F6F Hellcat U.S. Navy Fighter
  • Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik Soviet Ground-Attack Aircraft
  • Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger U.S. Torpedo Bomber
  • Avro Lancaster Heavy Bomber
  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber
  • Consolidated B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress Heavy Bomber
  • Gliders
  • Jet and Rocket Aircraft of World War II
  • Douglas C-47 Skytrain Transport Aircraft
  • Helicopters
  • Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter
  • Incendiary Bombs
  • Napalm
  • Proximity Fuze
  • Panzerfaust
  • Bazooka
  • Katyusha Rocket
  • V-1 Buzz Bomb
  • V-2 Guided Missile
  • Kamikazes
  • Penicillin
  • Enigma Machine
  • Atomic Bomb
  • Hydrogen Bomb
  • Neutron Bomb
  • AK47 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle
  • Recoilless Rifles
  • Armored Personnel Carriers and Infantry Fighting Vehicles
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
  • North American F-86 Sabre Jet Fighter
  • Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
  • Surface-to-Air Missiles
  • Nautilus, U.S. Navy Submarine
  • Punji Stake
  • M16 Rifle
  • M79 Grenade Launcher
  • M18A1 Claymore Mine
  • M61 Vulcan 20mm Auto Cannon
  • M134 (GAU-2B) Minigun
  • Ship-to-Ship Missiles
  • RPG-7 Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
  • Antitank Guided Missiles
  • Flechette Ammunition
  • Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady Reconnaissance Aircraft
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
  • Republic F-105 Thunderchief
  • Bell UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter
  • Bell AH-1 Cobra and AH-1W SuperCobra Attack Helicopters
  • Mil Mi-24 Hind Helicopter
  • FIM-92 Stinger
  • AIM-9 Sidewinder Missile
  • Satellites
  • Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
  • MX Missile System
  • Cruise Missiles
  • Polaris Missile
  • Precision-Guided Munitions
  • Cluster Bomb/Munition
  • M48 and M60 U.S. Main Battle Tanks
  • T-54/T-55 Soviet Main Battle Tank
  • M1A1 and M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank
  • Merkava Israeli Main Battle Tank
  • Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter
  • Hughes (McDonnell Douglas/Boeing) AH-64 Apache Helicopter
  • Hawker-Siddeley/McDonnell Douglas Sea Harrier
  • Night-Vision Devices
  • Aegis
  • Mk 15 Phalanx
  • Hovercraft
  • Nimitz-Class U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers
  • Ohio-Class U.S. Navy Submarines
  • Laser
  • Stealth Technology
  • Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
  • Global Positioning System
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Panzerhaubitze 2000 German Self-Propelled Howitzer
  • Thermobaric Bomb
  • Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Bibliography