Cannons with explosive ammunition

Cannons with explosive ammunition

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leonardo's sketch of explosive cannon balls fired from large mortars. The cannon balls consisted of round shells fitted around iron spacers and stitched inside a pliable casing. After firing the projectiles exploded with large quantities of dust and smoke and burst into fragments. Cannon had generally been used in sieges. Leonardo aimed to design a weapon for use against small moving targets like troops.

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Keywords: 15th century, ballistics, cluster bomb, cluster bombs, explosive cannon balls, explosives, history of science, history of technology, leonardo, leonardo da vinci, mortars, munitions, projectiles, science, sketch, technology, weapons

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