The composite bow was the high-tech weapon of the Asian steppes

Szabó, Christopher
December 2005
Military History;Dec2005, Vol. 22 Issue 9, p12
The article provides information on the use of composite bows by the steppe nomads who have left their disruptive stamp on the histories of more sedentary civilizations from Germany to Japan, 2000 years prior to 2005. Asian steppes owed their military success to the composite bow, which was so feared that it influenced defensive technology throughout Eurasia for centuries by forcing settled peoples to improve their military capabilities. It has a double recurved shape and is composed of natural materials.


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