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Ancient Discoveries: Chinese Warfare DVD

Ancient Discoveries: Chinese Warfare DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel

While Greek and Roman armies have long been lauded for their contributions to modern warfare and battle strategy, China is the country where the most important advances may have taken place. Join experts in an examination of Chinese weaponry that dates back to China's feudal days.

  • Watch as experts try to recreate an ancient flamethrower.
  • See evidence of ancient Chinese rockets and personnel carriers.
  • 3-D rendering brings the weapons of ancient China to life.


Hear about the pivotal invention of gunpowder and the ancient designs behind the first military transport vehicle. See the precursor to the gatling gun, a rotating crossbow that fired multiple arrows at once, and watch as a leading model-maker attempts to recreate an ancient flamethrower. Did all of these inventions actually work? How did they eventually make their way into the Western world? Discover the answer to these questions and more.

Were the roots of modern warfare sown in feudal China? Over fifteen hundred years ago, in a country of warring states, some of the most pivotal battle inventions were conceived.

In addition to the creation of gunpowder, these warring factions created some of the first rockets and weaponry capable of launching explosives over 3000 yards. See evidence of the first personnel carrier, and learn how it was powered. Take a look at the precursor to the gatling gun, a rotating crossbow capable of firing multiple arrows without reloading. Find out how these weapons were utilized in combat. Did all these weapons make their way past the planning stage? What advantages did these new armaments give soldiers in battle? Learn how these inventions and ideas eventually made their way to the Western world.

Watch as Richard Windley, a leading model-maker, recreates an explosive Chinese flamethrower. Join historians and military experts in examining the Cloud Bridge Siege Engine. All of these blueprints, designs, and evidence are brought to life on screen with 3-D rendering. See how the weaponry of the past influenced the military weapons utilized today.

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