By Chris McNab
Now on hand in a souvenir variation, this hugely illustrated giftbook indicates the development of weapon know-how during the ages.
From army historical past experts Osprey Publishing, A background of the area in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the best way struggle is waged and the very global we are living in. From the gladius of historical Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are published in an array of luxurious colour pictures and modern photos. Compiled with the help of a number of the top army historians, this revised quantity unearths not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, in actual fact explaining the blow-by-blow boost of army expertise and services around the ages.
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A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab