The Battering Ram

The battering ram was a siege weapon usually used to break down castle doors and other structures. The simplest versions were little more than tree trunks but more sophisticated versions with flat metal heads, drill shaped heads, and reinforcing bands were often used. The soldiers who powered the battering ram were extremely vulnerable and a solution to this was to house both them, the weapon and removable wheels in a mobile shed with a sloping roof made of wood or tin. This structure, known as a penthouse, was often covered in wet hides to protect against fire and braced with iron to protect against other weapons. More info: medieval weaponry

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