Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Evolution of Weaponry Part 2

(Read The Evolution of Weaponry before this post to understand things better) Good news everybody! The employees at Radio Shack managed to dissect the ballista blot from my time machine and the energy core is functioning well again. Which means... We'll continue our journey through time and discover more about the evolution of weaponry throughout the ages. So without further ado, let's jump straight into the time machine and continue on our journey!

Whew! Where am I? There seems to be a battle raging around me (and coincidentally, that's what keeps on happening) and a cannonball almost smashed my time machine to smithereens (let me take cover behind the lines to avoid being crashed by a cannonball or massacred by a musket). So anyway, let me give you guys a little background of the battles during the American Revolution (let me scooch over to the attacker's side a bit; ah, that's better). So right now, these attackers are starting to use more advanced weaponry: Muskets, cannons, axes, daggers and more assorted weapons of havoc. (BANG) Just now what you heard was a squad of redcoats (these are what the British were called during the Revolution) firing their muskets into the Americans' defenses. Now they're reloading their muskets (oh yeah, almost forgot to tell you: the firearms back then in the Revolution were still very old, so you could only fit one musket ball (yes, they still didn't invent bullets yet) into a musket at a time. You could only shoot the musket once, then you'd have to reload the musket again (and not to mention that before you insert another musket ball into the musket, you'd have to clean up all that scattered gunpowder used to fire the musket) before you could fire the musket again. Then you'd reload the musket again and so on) and preparing to fire again.

Enough of the invading British troops; let's move onto the bluecoats (the bluecoats were the soldiers of the American Colony during the Revolution), who are defending their side's base (let me move in a little closer; ah, that's much better. I can see everything clearly now) The Americans are holding off their offenders with their own bluecoat infantry (only this time the bluecoat infantry are using cover to take refuge from the redcoats while they reload their muskets (and occasionally, pistols. But typical infantry had little chance of wielding pistols back then. They were mostly used by what we know today as "elite soldiers" who also wield swords and two-handed axes). Other than that, the besieged bluecoats are also ravaging the redcoats with the help of their cannons (here's how it worked: the cannon was jam-packed with gunpowder, and a cannonball (yes, an ordinary, common-or-garden cannonball. Basically just a round ball of stone or metal back then could be used to splash enemy forces. It's a pity these cannonballs weren't explosive, let alone incendiary. That kind of warfare wasn't invented yet). It was interesting to investigate the warfare of the American Revolution, but we've better move on. Back to the time machine!

Right now I'm hiding from sight behind cover in a beach with hundreds (no, thousands) of American and German troops wielding rifles and tommy guns (I've successfully snatched the uniform of a deceased American soldier, so as long as I stay on the US side, I should be fine) determined to spill some blood. Both sides are using a modern-looking soldier uniform and are wearing either (a) a beret or (b) a helmet. I see a lot of things that belong in today's world, such as tanks (although they aren't as advanced and "modern-looking"), planes, and many other older references to today's army (OK! OK! Enough time traveling! I'm staying in the modern day, with no pesky interferences from the past!)

Well, that was exciting! Now that we know what it was like to fight without guns and planes and such, I feel way more thankful to be in the now, and hopefully you'll be too. Oh well, see you until the next post!

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