Trabuco is a weapon that has been around for over a thousand years. It is a massive siege weapon capable of knocking down buildings by flinging heavy stones far distances. The way it works is very similar to the hammer throw during track activities. The stone or heavy object is held with a leather strap or net, which is attached to a long wooden pole or column. This mechanism is usually attached to a base that is firmly planted on the ground so that the rest of the unit is able to stand upright.
In times of siege warfare, Trabuco weapons are very useful, especially since the kid out of range any form of bow or crossbow, and seriously crippled the defenses and fortifications of an enemy Force. The main issue with a trebuchet, also known as a trebuco, is that the weapon takes a very long time to reload and fire again. This was not a big deal in ancient times, or even during the Middle Ages, as Defenders of fortifications seldom left their defenses according to dicionarioinformal.com.br. Once gunpowder was introduced to war, this all changed, however, as the trebuchet was quickly replaced and became obsolete.
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The tension trebuchet was the first one that was developed by the Chinese and was more man-powered than it was mechanical. Not as large as it’s descendant that was used during the Middle Ages and the Crusades, it was still powerful enough to attack large units of infantry and weaker defenses made out of wood and loose stone. This weapon was fired through the operation of a few crew members who used manpower as a counterweight. The counterbalance trebuchet was a massive war machine capable of toppling entire buildings and fortifications according to lista.mercadolivre.com.br. Unlike the tension trebuchet, counterbalance trebuchet still operated with a crew but was much larger, requiring a weight to be tied to the other end of the pole. After a sizable crew of operators hand loaded a net with stone, the chief operator pulled a lever to fire.
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