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Formidable Fighters

Type: Document

The peoples of the Pacific coast were formidable fighters during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their warriors used bows and javelins, carried clubs and bone-bladed daggers, and could wear wooden armour. They preferred a mass assault, but treachery during 'friendly' meetings were not rare.

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Wartime Tactical Developments

Type: Document

Tactical developments during WW1 had a significant impact on how wars would be fought, and the kinds of equipment and weapons that would be used. Engineers became a combat arm in their own right increasing the mobility of troops through enemy obstacles and demolitions.

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Militia Weapons

Type: Document

Canadian militia preferred to use light hunting muskets of small calibre. The Canadians were noted for their accurate shooting. Militiamen were supposed to provide their own weapons, but the government was sometimes forced to issue weapons.

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Amerindian Weapons and Armour

Type: Document

Before European contact, native warriors carried bows, arrows and some sort of club or tomahawk. Wooden armour and shields were used for protection.

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