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Leonardo da Vinci - Military Engineer



Leonardo da Vinci - Military Engineer
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     challenging words:    unassailable, long-range, city-state, combat, nuclear, firepower, missile, best, reload, battlefield, further, in-between, mechanism, military, crossbow, catapult
     content words:    World War


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Leonardo da Vinci - Military Engineer
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The Renaissance was an in-between time for military weapons. Modern weapons, such as nuclear bombs and guided missiles, were still a long way off. On the other hand, the days of knights swinging heavy swords at each other while wearing cumbersome suits of armor were gone too.
 
2     During the Renaissance, military engineers were using the latest technology to design more efficient weapons. New weapons allowed armies to attack from further away or from hidden locations. They reduced the need for hand-to-hand combat. Often, they gave the upper hand to whichever army had the latest weapons.
 
3     It is no wonder that, when Leonardo promoted himself as a military engineer with all sorts of innovative weapons, he was well received. Maybe one of his new designs would provide a decisive victory. Maybe one of his weapons would make his Italian city-state the most powerful of them all.

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