Download PDF by John O'Bryan: A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots

By John O'Bryan

ISBN-10: 1452110549

ISBN-13: 9781452110547

At some point a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at whatever. And the historical past of guns begun. Comedy author and weapon nerd John O'Bryan relays the freaky highlights of man's centuries-old obsession with weaponry. He hilariously explains the mace, the morning superstar, and the fellow catcher, whereas conveying real information regarding every one weapon: its background, makes use of, and badass power. Flipping via history's highlights, readers will know about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin clergymen. This final compendium of remarkable guns promises the entire strangely real information certain to galvanize anyone who's ever made a gun with their arms and stated, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"

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In response, cadets and younger officers at the Escuela Politecnica, demanding an "end to the insults," fired upon the liberacionistas, only to surrender the following day in exchange for a guarantee that they would not be punished. Jeered by both the victors and the defeated in a military parade on 1 August 1954, officers vowed never again to be humiliated: on 2 August a coup was attempted and failed. This was followed by another in 1957, in which two colonels died5 and yet another in July 1960 that was led by young Lieutenant Guillermo Lavagnino, who was the "insurrection precursor" to Lieutenant Yon Sosa.

Several hours later, the second "junta" included Rios Montt, General Horacio Maldonado Schaad (a close friend of President Lucas and Honor Guard Commander), and Colonel Luis Gordillo Martinez (another close friend of President Lucas and Commander of the Cuartel General). Gordillo served as the liaison officer between the army hardliners and the ultraconservative latifundistas. 18 Sereseres argues that the young officers, demoralized by the prospect of more corruption and violence, "acted in the name of their institution and the nation apart (though possibly with encouragement) from any political party or civilian faction" (1982).

19 The day of the coup, Sisniega Otero and Danilo Roca were on the radio, saying this was a coup of young officers. They just invented the phrase "ofitialesjovenes" (young officers). And Efrain Rios arrived pretending he didn't know anything about it, even though he was in on the negotiations; then he got rid of the politicians and remained in the junta with the young officers who had been his students. So there had been no such movement of young officers. What it was, was a political conspiracy they took advantage of.

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