Siege weapons can destroy buildings, but are weak against other units, especially cavalry.
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Egyptians can use Catapults to defeat enemy ships and destroy buildings.
Catapults were invented by the Greeks for use as artillery on the battlefield or during a siege. Creating tension by pulling back large bow-like arms or by twisting cordage made of hides or hair, a great throwing force could be achieved. Catapults could throw a stone weighing over 10 pounds to a range of nearly 1,500 feet.
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Siege Towers can transport units, fire arrows, and ram buildings. Counter them with cavalry.
One of the machines developed to attack walled towns was a siege tower on wheels. This large wooden tower was covered with wet hides to minimize its vulnerability to fire. A battering ram was suspended inside for use against the wall that the tower was moved against. The tower protected the men working the ram and other men shooting arrows into the town. When the wall was knocked down by the ram, the attacking army could enter the city.
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Greek catapults are best used against enemy ships and buildings.
The most common catapult used anciently was a traction catapult built by the Greeks and called a Petrobolos. The power of the arm was generated by traction, usually by pulling or winding down a balanced throwing arm. The best Petrobolos of the age threwstones weighing approximately 125 pounds. Rocks of this weight plunging down on walls and buildings were capable ofdevastating damage.
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This rolling siege tower is mounted with balistae and can transport your troops in safety.
The name of this siege machine translates as "take of cities." The name was first applied to a mobile tower constructed by Greeks to attack a city on Cyprus. This large movable tower mounted stone throwers and ballistae of different sizes, with the smallest at the top. Two hundred men pushed the tower up to the enemy walls using parallel beams extending out from the bottom of the tower. The larger weapons in the machine battered the walls while the smaller ones swept defenders off the walls in preparation for an assault.
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The high pierce armor of the soldiers carrying these rams protects them from enemy archers while they knock down walls and buildings.
When taking an enemy town quickly was important, one simple expedient was to cut down a strong tree, trim the trunk, attach some handholds, and then use the tree to batter down a gate or wall section. Although very dangerous work for the men holding the ram, it could be put into action within hours ofarriving outside the city walls. The portable ram was particularly effective in surprise attacks and against fortifications ofweak design. Such a ram was popular with raiding armies and those who could not linger outside a city for a protracted siege.
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A Ballista can be used to defeat ships, infantry, and buildings.
The Ballista was a type of pre-gunpowder-era artillery, mainly used against men in formation. It was a large bow mounted sideways. It used a winch and ratchet to create bow tension. The missile was usually a large metal or metal-headed bolt. Fired into a mass of people at ranges up to 1,000 feet, bolts could disable several enemies. Ballistae could be placed on fixed mounts on walls orships, or on mobile-wheeled mounts for battlefield use. They were not particularly effective againstfortified buildings and walls.
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