An epic 4 000-year illustrated story of weaponry. From stone axes to heavy machine-guns swords to sniper rifles discover the innovative design range lethal function and brutal history of arms and armour and meet the warriors who wielded them. Includes all the important arms from the ages covering edged weapons clubs projectiles and firearms from ancient Egyptian axes through bows and spears of traditional societies in Africa Oceania and the Americas to the machine-guns and missiles of modern infantry forces. Key weapons from every era are presented in sharp detail and the mechanisms that operate them are displayed and explained. Top fighting forces from the Greek hoplite to the Navy Seal are profiled and the weapons they have wielded and the tactics and fighting methods they’ve used are revealed.