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Siege Engine, Medieval Warfare Documentaries

There are plenty of great documentaries and movies that delve into the use and construction of siege engines. Nova has done a show and so has The History Channel. This pursuit of creating massive siege engines continues right up to today in the modern art of Punkin Chuckin. There are also documentaries about this "hobby".

 

 

Nova: Medieval Siege

NOVA: Medieval Siege - (Secrets of Lost Empires 2)

The Scots inside Stirling Castle must have felt untouchable. Protected by a massive stone fortress, they prepared for a long drawn-out siege against the army of England's Edward the First. Fifty carpenters worked day and night to create the fourteenth century version of the atom bomb: the trebuchet-a fearsome, gravity-powered catapult dubbed "Warwolf" that was capable of hurling boulders, bee hives and plague-infected corpses long distances. Travel back to the Middle Ages and relive a fascinating turning point in warfare and medieval history.

- Enter the battlefield and experience the chaos of medieval warfare-200 years before the invention of the cannon
- Discover how the mechanized catapult sent English history and warfare in different directions
- Enter gigantic medieval castles and explore why these mighty fortresses became vulnerable to the "Warwolf"
- See how the medieval manuscripts provided clues in the trebuchet mystery
- See medieval experts create two competing full-scale catapults
- Travel to the banks of Loch Ness as newly designed catapults attempt to destroy a castle wall with 250 pound stone balls

Secrets of Lost Empires II Unlock mysteries and uncover lost history with the experts as they use yesteryear's thrilling technology to recreate five ancient engineering marvels and to discover what daily life was really like in these communities. Travel around the globe from Egypt to Rome and take a fresh, "hands-on" look at mankind's greatest cultures and civilizations. It's history from a whole new point of view!

 

Alexander the Great and the Catapult

Man, Moment, Machine - Alexander the Great and the Catapult (History Channel)

Only Alexander the Great would have the audacity to attempt such a daring siege--the fortified island city of Tyre seems invincible, but his Macedonian troops are inspired and determined, and the young Alexander has a secret weapon--a machine created for the destruction of cities: the catapult. If Tyre falls, it will be a pivotal victory in Alexander's quest for a new empire--a key stop on a march that will cover more than 10,000 miles and span three continents.

 

 

 

 

Four Armed CatapultReInventors - Episode 15 Four-Armed Catapult For thousands of years catapults and trebuchets were the reigning champs on the battlefield, continually proving themselves a force to be reckoned with. While the standard catapult tossed one massive projectile at enemy forces, designs were made for a four-armed catapult that had the potential to massively increase the firepower of an army. When The Re-Inventors are through building this four-armed catapult, will they find that four projectiles are better than one or will they learn that less is in fact more?

 

 

 

 

 

Punkin ChuckinFlying Pumpkins: The Legend of Punkin Chunkin FLYING PUMPKINS is the high-quality feature length documentary on the unique American sport of "punkin chunkin". Go behind the scenes - at home, at work, at play - and meet the people whose passion is to build the biggest, baddest siege machine ever - to throw a pumpkin the farthest.