This blog is devoted to the military history of the Byzantine Era, to 1453.
|The above conjectural drawing is a reconstruction of a portable Greek Fire |
siphon from a number of written descriptions plus highly stylized
illustrations in Byzantine and Islamic military manuals. An airtight
copper "box" (tank) containing inflammable liquid is mounted
above a hand-held siphon.
D. Nicolle, et al, "Medieval Siege Weapons (2)," New Vanguard 69, Osprey, Oxford, UK, 2003
|Unfortunately, the very worn Arabic inscription on the rear of the portion |
of the Islamic Gun (1) has yet to be interpreted. The massive late medieval
iron arrow (2) found in the citadel of Damascus and now in the Musee del'
Armee in Paris was probably fired from such a gun.
D. Nicolle et al, "Medieval Siege Weapons (2)," New Vanguard 69, Osprey, page 45