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crossbow

a weapon used to fire darts filled with immobilizing agent at otherwise uncontrollable animals. Less dangerous than cordite guns and does not scare other animals because there is no noise.
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About half of the people in the English ranks should be designated as archers and one-fifth of the French as crossbowmen.
In 1576 the crossbowmen had fought against the Spanish who burned the town hall, which became a symbol of the town's renewal with its subsequent restoration.
Perhaps the most remarkable figure in Czech history; a brave and valiant warrior, he was a gifted strategist and an innovative and resourceful tactician; the core of the military system he created for the Taborites was the Wagenburg, a series of stout wooden wagons with crossbows or light cannon mounted in them, chained together, with pikemen, handgunners, and crossbowmen stationed in the gaps, creating an unusually strong position, one which repeatedly frustrated Sigismund's knights; of necessity the system was tactically defensive, although success was usually crowned with a welltimed counterattack, and much of Ziska's brilliant reputation rested on his marriage of the tactical defense with the strategic offense.
Note, in the context of the tower's name, the Granadan crossbowmen among Tangier's Muslim garrison in 1437 (Pina, D.
The accounts list sums paid for provisions and clothing for Louis and his entourage, the wages of knights, crossbowmen and sergeants, the replacement and purchase of horses, mules and camels, hire and provisioning of shipping, gifts and loans to crusaders, the king's ransom after he was captured by the Muslims in 1250, work on fortifications in the Holy Land, and so on.
Marines were crossbowmen and other armed men whose duties consisted purely of fighting.
To this end, he recuited about 800 of his compatriots, stonecutters or craftsmen who were also trained crossbowmen and were expected to serve in a dual capacity, as workers and soldiers.