weapons

  1. M

    Advanced Allied Military Technology (Secret Weapons) in World War 2

    In World War 2 literature a lot of things were written , researched about superior German military technology or Secret Weapons like V-1 flying bombs , V-2 ballistic missiles , ME262 jet fighters and other jet engine propelled aircraft models , remote controlled tanks , hydrogen peroksite...
  2. Visigoth Panzer

    Medieval Middle-Eastern Two-Handed Melee Weapons

    What kinds of two-handed melee weapons were used in the middle-east (the general area including and around Egypt-Turkey-Persia) during the later middle ages (1300-1600)? I see occasional references to halberds, axes, spears and lances but were there any other or unique types?
  3. D

    What Weapons on Armour Would 11th Century Scottish Armies Use?

    I would have thought it would have been similar to the English armour, mail, gambeson and maybe a tad of leather armour or just thick clothing, but I have no idea about the weaponry, from my understanding the Scots had a focus more on pikes and swords were quite rare in general (pretty much all...
  4. Maoistic

    Is Steel really that much superior to Bronze?

    What the title says.
  5. Visigoth Panzer

    Thrown Melee Weapons Useless against Heavy Armor/Shields?

    Are thrown melee weapons (axes, daggers, javelins/spears) largely useless against heavy armor and shields? A notable exception being the Pilum against wooden shields. What about thrown maces, could they be of use?
  6. M

    Who had the best infantry organization and weapons in WWII?

    Who had the best infantry organization and weapons in WWII? This goes for rifle infantry, mounted and mechanized infantry and paratroopers in general. It is often said the Germans had the best with their doctrine being centered around the MG-34/42. I also hear the Soviets where more suited for...
  7. VHS

    Will direct energy weapons be practical?

    Laser guns and other direct energy weapons are (almost) universal in science fiction and fantasy stories (by stories, I include full-length novels here); nukes are simply ineffective in space. I recall reading something with the future setting, when a person shows a firearm gun, some people...
  8. Visigoth Panzer

    Weapons and Armor of Medieval Street Gangs

    What type of weapons, armor and shields (if any) would street gangs in medieval Europe (primarily central/western Europe 1000-1500 A.D.) use and/or carry? Would wearing armor or shields draw too much attention? As for weapons what could they carry/conceal without arousing suspicion?
  9. H

    Did the quality of Qing weapons and gunpowder decline over time?

    Specifically I'm curious about how Qing soldiers and military equipment compared between the late 1600s or so and the start of the opium wars. I know the victory usually gets attributed to British technology apparently being vastly superior. But while they did have access to modern rifles and...
  10. jameen

    USSR with present Russian weapons

    Imagine the USSR still exists today but it is armed with present Russian weapons as you can see in this link below: The Most Advanced Weapons Systems Used By The Russian Army - Business Insider The question is do you believe that the USSR can conquer the whole Western Europe by means of...
  11. H

    Tension Weapons vs Torsion Weapons

    I have long held the belief that tension weapons such as crossbows were superior to their torsion counterparts. Today, I read an old post from twcenter that claims that torsion weapons are superior than tension ones. My questions are: 1. By what criteria do we judge a weapon. 2. Which...
  12. Visigoth Panzer

    Most Suitable Personnel Weapons for Small Groups

    What pre-gunpowder weapons would be most suitable for small groups of armed travelers? Movies/shows like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings often depict multiple types of weapons for these adventurers but what would be most practical?
  13. R

    How inferior were monkey model Soviet weapons?

    Compared to the ones the Soviets used?
  14. Valens

    U.S Approves a Plan of Sending Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/23/us-officials-say-lethal-weapons-headed-to-ukraine.html Something that the Obama administration refrained from doing, despite the war party pressure. Could be that the current U.S. administration is trying to prove its loyalty to the war party, and it's...
  15. I

    Ancient sword weight.

    I am trying to find out the weight of a khopesh (Egyptian) and a xiphos (Greek). Does any of you what the average weight of those weapons might be?
  16. M

    Basic Requirements of an effective Shikomizue

    I’m helping someone who has received little to no useful input on this from just about every enthusiast forum he’s been on (his first mistake, I know). At this point he wants to give up on the project, which I keep urging him not to. He wants to make a reproduction Shikomizue (not a...
  17. Naima

    Steel weapons

    When the first steel weapons appeared ? And what is true steel? I have read a lot of times here and there about steel weapons beeing used but then I read contraddicting affirmations like those weapons were not really steel ... So whats a strel weapon like? Who used them on mass scale? When? What...
  18. Fantomas

    Nobel peace prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins award

    “For the last 72 years, survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have bravely shared their horrific experience to raise public awareness about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the urgent need to abolish them to ensure nobody ever has to endure...
  19. M

    1936: Minor Nations get Cold War Weapons and History Books

    1936 These nations get advanced weapons: (Europe) -Belgium -Netherlands -Luxembourg -Denmark -Norway -Czechslovakia -Poland -Yugoslavia -Greece (Asia) -Mongolia -Thailand -Philippines Each country gets the following: -100 WW2 History Books -700 RPG-7s! -5k M60 Patton Tanks -300 F46...
  20. M

    500 BC: Time-Traveller teaches Ancient Greece and Persia to make Gunpowder Weapons!

    In the date, January 1st, 500 BC, a Time-Traveller goes back to the Ancient Past to teach both the Greeks and Persians how to make and use Muskets and Cannons He spends three months in each city teaching its inhabitants: -Babylon (Persia) -Athens (Greece) -Sparta (Greece) -Pasargadae...