1. 589 BC siege to Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II

    589 BC siege to Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II

    In 589 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II laid siege to Jerusalem, culminating in the destruction of the city and its temple in the summer of 587 or 586 BC. After the fall of Jerusalem, the Babylonian general Nebuzaraddan was sent to complete its destruction. Jerusalem was plundered, and Solomon's Temple was...
  2. 52 BC Battle of Alesia by Melchior Feselen

    52 BC Battle of Alesia by Melchior Feselen

    The Battle of Alesia or Siege of Alesia was a military engagement in the Gallic Wars that took place in September, 52 BC, around the Gallic oppidum (fortified settlement) of Alesia, a major center of the Mandubii tribe. It was fought by the army of Julius Caesar against a confederation of Gallic...
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    1855: Vortex Cannons during the Bombardment of Sveaborg?

    Air Vortex Cannon An air vortex cannon is a device that releases doughnut-shaped air vortices similar to smoke rings but larger, stronger and invisible. The vortices are able to ruffle hair, disturb papers or blow out candles after travelling several meters. A vortex ring, also called a...
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    Electric Machine Guns, Coilguns and Death Ray Guns of Yesteryear

    Some things the past presents us with are not in the traditional textbooks. One of those things is the 1845 "Siva" Electric Machine gun. The "successful" machine gun history (per the narrative) started in 1862 and goes like this: The first successful machine-gun designs were developed in the...
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    Renaissance Cannons: Mysterious and Misunderstood

    It appears that 15th, 16th century cannons were conceptually superior to the ones used in the wars predating approximately 1840s. The name of the game here is stagnation and degradation. I guess, not all cannons were created equal, and some were better than others. Pseudo-historians, what...
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    Ancient Cannons or Ball Mills or Cement Kilns?

    Guarding over the Dardanelles for about 400 years, the famed Ottoman super cannon is arguably one of the most important guns in history. Like Darth Vader’s Death Star, the Dardanelles gun imposed the overbearing, threatening presence that tacitly boasted of imperial grandeur of which pop-culture...
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    1860s: Advanced Civil War weapons

    Most of these weapons I have never seen before. And while I have known about the Gatling Machine Gun, some of the other ones appear to belong to a different time frame. They are not as advertised as our regular cannon balls. Yet the below killing machines do appear to pertain to the Civil War...