Airborne Walloon Dragoons

McCall, Bruce
April 2007
Military History;Apr2007, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p80
The article provides information on a siege weapon developed by King Wally of the Walloons during the Battle of the Witts in Germany in 1406. A lumber shortage had left his army drastically short of scaling ladders, so he developed a siege weapon, catapulting a whole squad of pikemen at a time past all defenses and smack into the enemy's midst. As such, the catapult method was a radical advance on its predecessor, the Coil of Death, which could launch only a single human projectile at a time.


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