You’ve Been Mango’d
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This is a Mangonel, a type of catapult or siege machine used in medieval times to launch heavy projectiles at castle or city walls from a bowl-shaped bucket at the end of the arm. Its unpredictable, yet powerful strikes were best suited to hitting broad, non-moving targets such as buildings or walls.
Mangonels hurled rocks, burning objects, fire pots (vessels filled with flammable materials that created a fireball on impact), or anything else readily available to the attacking and defending forces, even partially decomposed carcasses of animals or people, the latter intended to intimidate, demoralize, and spread disease among the besieged.
Location: Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Date: 26th August 2008.
This shot was featured by the Military Vehicle group, 10th May 2009.