Image: Medieval Combat Society
The second in Environmental Graffiti’s two-part series about the origins of firepower
China (Dunhuang) / Earliest Firelance, 10th century
Digital Scan / Historic Painting
The earliest gunpowder weapons can be credited to China in the 10th century. Not guns, but fire arrows, gunpowder rockets, Greek Fire, bombs, mines and grenades had raised the bar on lethality on the battlefield. Let’s take a journey back in time and raise our eyes to the skies, where the incendiary weapons of the Chinese ancients could be seen, blazing a trail in military history.