The Trebuchet is a powerful siege weapon used throughout the ancient and Medieval world to spread fear and chaos among those who meet it in battle. The weapon in massive, able to sling hundreds of pounds of stone and rock into the fortifications of enemy locations. Solely through its use did the trebuchet, also known as the Trabuco, make it possible to annihilate a city’s protective walls and allowing an invading force to occupy and loot. This is an engine of war, a device that was designed to make killing easier.
The Trabuco began its life as a siege weapon in Ancient China, where the original device was small and mobile. The weapon only required that two soldiers use it in order to allow it to function. This made it simple to carry the Trabuco across the battlefield, easily set up within a few minutes, and be loaded and ready to fire at a moment’s notice. Unlike its larger cousins later on, in the history, this smaller, more personal weapon of war was used mainly as an anti-personal weapon. When a stone was thrown from this device it was able to cause light casualties, normally eliminating a few enemy troops at one given time. En masse this smaller Trabuco was a capable weapon of war. The Trabuco of the middle ages, on the other hand, were massive weapons of warfare that were able to destroy entire castle walls.
The Trebuchet that we commonly associate with the Trabuco is a mammoth in engineering marvel and was able to hurl a large payload over a far distance. This device, unlike its ancestor, was not mobile and needed to be built on site. It was from this location that a team of operators maintained and loaded the machine for use, which could take several minutes to half an hour to complete. Find Related Information Here.
Once loaded the weapon was able to use momentum to fire its ammunition. The trebuchet was responsible for some of the greatest castle walls to collapse making it possible for invaders to occupy the towns within.
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