Trabuco-The Mediaeval Warfare Weapon

About the History of Trabuco

The Trabuco was a deadly weapon used during the medieval period to fire missiles to harm the enemy and crush their walls. The missiles fired were in the form of large stones or fireballs and even dead bodies. The dead infected bodies were used in the belief that it would spread the disease to the enemy thus resulting in a form of biological war. Again, the projectiles fired would cause massive destructions depending on the size of loads fired. Also, the modified large Trabuco would launch loads weighing up to 140 pounds while shooting to distances of up to 800 meters.

Furthermore, the Trabuco was an invention of the Chinese people who founded it in the 4th century (400 BC). The war weapon was also known balancing Trabuco and was purposely made to cause havoc to the enemies of the Chinese. The weapon was used for approximately 1000 years before the discovery of much-sophisticated ammunition. Additionally, the Europeans adopted the war machine in 600 AD, and it became their favourite weapon where they used it among each other during war. Moreover, the weapon was also used during religious battles where the Muslims and Christian crusades raged war against each other.


The Trabuco Mechanism

The Trabuco was developed using the sling mechanism which worked by transforming the potential energy into kinetic energy. What’s more, the machine was actually a modification of the sling since it would convey greater weight of projectiles to the opponents during war. It consisted of five parts which included the beam, chute, guide, sling and the counterweight. The first war machines to be invented were not very efficient because they used humans who had to coordinate to launch projectiles. However, after realizing the drawbacks of using this kind of Trabuco, the machine was modified to use counterweight instead of people.

The Trabuco weapon was later deserted in the 13th century when the invention of the gun and modern artillery was founded. Trabuco was however not wholly forgotten, today the mechanism is still utilized in schools and historical sceneries. It is used by instructors to teach students in the physics subject.

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