The Trebuchet Catapult

The trebuchet catapult was a huge weapon that contributed to the ending of many sieges in medieval times. The trebuchet consisted of an arm and a sling. The long end of the arm held the sling and the short end had a huge amount of force applied to it either by manpower in earlier versions, or by weight in later ones. The arm often measured over 50 feet and the machine was capable of throwing around 200 pounds of stone a distance of 300 yards or more. Up to 2,000 stones could be hurled in one day by a single trebuchet. Many other deadly and often gruesome projectiles were used. More info: medieval weaponry

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