Siege Warfare Operations Manual (Hardcover)

From ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age (Haynes Manuals)

By Chris McNab

Haynes Publishing UK, 9781785211461, 192pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

List Price: 29.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


In contrast to mobile combat, a siege centers around a fixed location, historically ranging from simple hill forts through to entire fortified cities. For the defenders, their job has been to preserve the integrity of defenses, keep out the attackers, and maintain health, hygiene and nutrition until the siege is broken. The attackers, by contrast, have utilized a mixture of guile, patience, technology and brute force to wear down their opponents, smash through the defenses and force submission.

About the Author

Chris McNab specializes in military history and military technology. He has published more than 40 books, including the Haynes Kubelwagen/Schwimmwagen Manual, Roman Soldier Operations ManualDreadnought Battleship, and the RAF Chinook Manual. Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in Wales.