Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Military Technology Rhymes

“History doesn't repeat itself - at best it sometimes rhymes”
- Mark Twain

The same goes for concepts as well. The Japanese discovered that silken capes or banners which billowed could stop arrows. They created silken armor called horo. The silken cloth would billow behind a galloping warrior like a sail. Horo was tested recently and 70% of the arrows were stopped by the silken sheet. Since the rider would be wearing armor, the remaining arrows would likely be stopped before any damage could be done. We see the same concept in play with Schurzen, skirt armor for tanks and armored vehicles, to stop AT, HE, and eventually, shaped charge antitank weapons. In essence, the Germans discovered that 5 millimeter of armor provided quite a bit of protection to a tank from modern infantry "arrows". So, we see the same concept used for protecting armored calvary at different times in military history.

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"Silken armor" sounds quite lyrical.

Some Schurzen around this baby would help http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/whats-your-magic-power-quiz/question-199698/?link=ibaf&imgurl=http://fairmobility.com/wp-content/images/tank_wheelchair_resized.jpg&q=treads%2Bon%2Btank

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_armour is also worth looking at.

Pete
 
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