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Question Using your best military history judgment based on the study of modern warfare which transitional period was the most significant--introduction of gunpowder weapons at the turn of the Seventeenth Century Why Analyze the military point of view within the contextual aspects of war Explain and analyze the successes on the battlefield and their influences on military history Be specific in your answer by discussing technology tactics formations organizations weaponry training and leadership Use specific examples to support your answer Answer Regardless of what era of military history is studied there is one basic principle that is ever prevalent--in order to conquer an enemy to crush a revolution to successfully overthrown a tyrant government or even in the modern scope to enforce safety and security through peacekeeping--an army only accomplishes its mission through use of ground troops Whether it is Alexander the Great marching across Asia Minor William the Conqueror unifying England and then securing it through a string of castles Hitler blitzkrieging through Poland or America and the Coalition pushing Iraq back across the Kuwaiti border the ground troops were there insuring that every inch of ground was paid for secured and left with follow-on forces to prevent it changing hands Although the combustion engine allowed further and phenomenal contributions to warfare it essentially did nothing for the dismounted infantry but speed up the process by which they could take and hold land Therefore it is the gunpowder weapons mainly the cannon and then the musketrifle that was the most significant transition on the battlefield As was mentioned before the Although Ferrills Offense-Defense Inventive Cycle is purely evident in the case of siege warfare Closer to the close of the fourteenth century cannons were capable of shooting large iron balls up to 800 pounds--and although this is a heavier than average weight--it was at this point that cannons had reached the level of power that they were sufficient at demolishing castle walls
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