OPERATIONS MANUAL SIEGE WARFARE: FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE BEGINNING OF THE GUNPOWDER AGE
156pp., 4to, fully illus.in colour. 2018. This book tracks the technology, artillery and tactics of starting and maintaining a siege from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age, charting the struggle between defensive structures and the various engines designed to overcome them. The offensive tools that military engineers designed are closely examined, and battering rams, trebuchets and ballista are illustrated in minute detail. Once walls are breached, an attacking force then had to get troops inside, and the book also discusses the mining and assault tactics that exploited breaches, and what happened once the invaders had penetrated defences.