Seeking an Edge

January 2007
Military History;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 23 Issue 10, p29
The article dispels a belief that a breakthrough weapon can redefine warfare for decades or ages to come. Steel swords and armor, horses, harquebuses and culverins of conquistador Hernando Cortes allowed the Spaniards in 1519 to hold their win against Aztecs. Battlefield triumph is not guaranteed by superior weapons, as other factors come into play including numbers, training, terrain, intelligence, tactical brilliance, and the courage of the combatants.


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