Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions - Siege engines
Leonardo was not only a master artist, but also an accomplished military engineer.
Siege defense for castle walls
Siege defense for castle walls (1482–1485)
In addition to designing offensive weapons, Leonardo also directed much attention to the development of defense equipment.
One of these was a defense system for castle walls. It served to push the enemy's ladders away from the wall.
The design for the armored car features the most important military requirements: reliability, portability and great firepower.
Leonardo also designed a wide variety of artillery weapons.
The polymath thought that if a screw-like structure can rotate fast enough, it will 'drill' into the air and fly.
Leonardo based the design of the flapping wing on birds' wings and a faulty hypothesis.
The aim of this extraordinarily complex study was to mimic the different phases of the flight of birds.
The mechanical wing is one of the masterpieces among Leonardo's sketches related to aviation.
Leonardo's creative legacy also includes several projects related to bridges. This unusual swing bridge allowed for undisturbed water traffic.
Ancient Roman conquerors had effective siege engines developed for attacking fortifications.
Archimedes was one of the most brilliant Greek scholars of ancient times, who made his mark with military inventions as well.
The army of Alexander the Great successfully deployed siege towers in its attacks against fortifications.