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BC: Jackson Healy | Ryan Hynes | Jackson Healy is a 7th Grader at Eyer Middle School. He likes History and Graphic Design. He also likes to snowboard and skate. | Ryan Hynes is a 7th Grader at Eyer Middle School. He likes Math and Science. He also likes playing different types of musical instruments.

FC: An Idiots Guide for Siege Warfare | By Ryan Hynes and Jackson Healy

1: An Idiots Guide for Siege Warfare | Written by Jackson Healy And Ryan Hynes 2011

2: Siege Warfare is when an empire tries to take down an enemy castle by pounding at it with infantry and artillery. The defenders in the castle have to withstand the bombardment and repel the infantry. | A Castle under Siege.

3: The Attackers set up their legions outside the castle and set up the attack. They put Trebuchets, Mongenels, and Balistas to weaken the castle wall. | A Trebuchet launching boulders at a castle.

4: When the walls are weakened the attackers will set up siege towers which are towers that let down a bridge to send troops over the wall. | A roman Siege tower.

5: When the troops are trying to break down the door to the castle the defenders will throw rocks, hot sand, and boiling oil through murder holes. This is from a soldier who was actually there. "They were pouring hot oil on us, most of us got burned or hit with a rock." | A Murder hole in the roof.

6: One of the main strategies for the offenders is to undermine the castle walls. This is when the attackers dig a tunnel under the castle wall so when a catapult hits it with a boulder the wall will collapse. | This is a picture of the tactic undermining.

7: Another strategy is to starve the castle. The attacking army will encircle and cut off all supplies to the castle and put them into submission. | A picture of a castle being surrounded on all sides.

8: Now lets look at the defenders. The defenders prepare for the attack by putting archers and crossbow men. They put all the villagers in the castle to protect them. | Medieval Archers using the longbow

9: They put hot oil, and hot sand on the top of the wall so when the attackers would try to climb the wall the would pour the hot oil and hot sand out through holes in the walls called Murder Holes. | A Murder hole on the side of a castle.

10: The defenders would block doors with timber logs and have infantry behind it to repel the enemy. The defenders would have ballistas to shoot the siege towers. The arrow is attached to a rope that they would pull the siege tower over. | A Medieval Ballista used to knock down siege towers.

11: A strategy for the defenders are to design the castle so that it is easier to defend. They would put mosts and a drawbridge to prevent the enemy from getting to the wall. They would also put holes in the side of the wall so that archers and Crossbow men could shoot at the incoming troops. | A castle with a moat and drawbridge

12: Big towers were built off the side of the castle so that archers and crossbow men could fire at the enemy while protected. One archer said, "These walls helped. We could shoot at them easily, but they couldn't hit us!" | A picture of archers attacking from a tower.

13: Castles stopped being built because of the invention of the cannon. The cannon was able to take down walls easier and more affective than the catapult. With castles not being built the art of siege war fare ended. | A castle under siege by cannons. The cannons easily take down the walls.

14: Bibliography Castle. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2000. . Print.Book Defending a Castle in the Middle Ages." Middle Ages. . Web. 07 Apr. 2011. . Gurstelle, William. The Art of the Catapult: Build . Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English . Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery. . Chicago, IL: Chicago Review, 2004. Print.

15: John Burke. Life in the Castle in Medieval . England. New York: British Heritage, 1992. . Print. Macdonald. A Medival Castle. New York: Peter . Bedrick, 1990. Print. Medival World. Vol. 10. Connecticuit: Grolier . Education, 2001. Print.

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