Siege of a Mohammedan fortification during the crusades
In the foreground is a bow powered catapult, or stone thrower, a cross
between a giant crossbow and roman mangonel.
To right is a hybrid trebuchet , a combination of the traction trebuchet
and counterweight trebuchet. A traction trebuchet uses men, pulling on
ropes attached to the short end of the beam, as the motive force, while
a counterweight trebuchet uses gravity and the mass of a stone and earth
A modern variation of the traction trebuchet use springs or elastic
cords for motive force.
To the left is a battering ram showing the hanging ram, suspension frame
and protective housing.
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