Attacking A Castle

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Attacking A Castle

  1. 1. Aim – How would you attack a stone castle? <ul><li>Steps to success </li></ul><ul><li>I understand the meaning of a siege. </li></ul><ul><li>I can use the information to write a chapter in my project. </li></ul><ul><li>I can identify and understand how siege equipment worked. </li></ul>Attacking a castle
  2. 2. The Siege tower <ul><li>Also called a Belfry. </li></ul><ul><li>Made of wood and covered with wet leather to avoid burning. </li></ul><ul><li>Pushed up to the wall and soldiers could safely climb onto the battlements. </li></ul><ul><li>Archers can also stand on top. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Battering Ram <ul><li>Used to smash the wooden gates and portcullis of a castle. </li></ul><ul><li>Made of wood to shelter the pushers from arrows etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Could be covered with metal or leather to help prevent fire. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Catapult <ul><li>Also called a Mangonel. </li></ul><ul><li>To fling rocks and other things at the castle. </li></ul><ul><li>Good distance so can be set up out of arrow range! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Trebuchet <ul><li>A very powerful catapult – can fling over massive distances. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes wound up by man-powered treadmills. </li></ul><ul><li>Could easily demolish a castle over time. </li></ul>Trebuchet in action!!!!
  6. 6. Other techniques <ul><li>Use the textbook to learn about these other techniques of siege warfare: </li></ul><ul><li>Mining under the castle. </li></ul><ul><li>Climbing up the toilet! </li></ul><ul><li>Greek fire. </li></ul><ul><li>Starving out the defenders. </li></ul><ul><li>Poisoning the water supply. </li></ul><ul><li>Hurling diseased people and animals into the cast </li></ul>

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