The Trabuco Was A Fearsome Weapon In Ancient Times


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Ancient Weapon | Posted on 10-01-2018

It is said that the Trabuco was invented around 400 BC by the Chinese. It was a weapon used in warfare, similar to the catapult and trebuchet. It could throw large stones, burning metals, and diseased animals upon an enemy from a far distance.

According to, the principle of the mechanism uses a combination of gravity and kinetic energy to propel a load of up to 100 to 150 pounds a distance of up to 400 meters and was devastating to castle walls and fortifications. The framework that held the mechanism was a tall wooden frame that held a counterweight weighing as much as a peasant’s house. It would be raised straight up to the top of the frame by racheting. Then a long beam, or log would stretch way behind the frame.

The beam would have a loose canopy on the end tied with heavy ropes. The projectile, stone or fireball would be in the canopy. The counterweight would then be dropped straight down to the ground by cutting its support ropes, which would then launch the beam upward on a swivel with the end traveling towards the target. This would launch the projectile towards the target according to

The heavy counterweight would give the kinetic energy to the end of the beam so that the projectile would travel at a speed much higher than that of a catapult or other similar weapon. The Trabuco was a fearsome weapon because there was nothing an enemy could do to stop it, and it was unknown where the projectiles would land. Sometimes it would take a few launches to pinpoint the exact spot where the projectile would land. Once that was determined, the target would be totally smashed.

The Trabuco and similar weapons were used during the middle ages in wars between countries, as well as in the Crusades when Christian forces waged war against the Islamic countries. The Trabuco and similar weapons went out of favor with the invention of gunpowder which powered the use of cannons which were much more efficient than the bulky frames of the Trabuco. Nevertheless, its use was a dramatic factor in tipping the result of a battle towards the side that made the most effective use of this ancient weapon according to

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