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Catapult Collection

"From Ancient Warfare to Modern Naval Power: The Mighty Catapult" Step back in time and witness the incredible power of the catapult

Background imageCatapult Collection: USS Randolph underway at sea with two S2F airplanes on its catapults, 1962

USS Randolph underway at sea with two S2F airplanes on its catapults, 1962
February 27, 1962 - USS Randolph (CVS-15) underway at sea with two S2F airplanes on its catapults

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman siege of a fortified city

Roman siege of a fortified city
Roman legions attacking a city to expand the Roman Empire. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCatapult Collection: A shooter signals the launch of an F / A-18 Super Hornet

A shooter signals the launch of an F / A-18 Super Hornet
Persian Gulf, February 7, 2008 - A shooter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, gives the signal for an F/A-18E Super Hornet to launch off ship

Background imageCatapult Collection: The Romans (coloured engraving)

The Romans (coloured engraving)
3630114 The Romans (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Romans. Illustration from Bilder aus dem Alterthume (Braun & Schneider, Munich)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Historic catapult on the citiy wall of Alghero, Sassari province, Sardinia, Italy

Historic catapult on the citiy wall of Alghero, Sassari province, Sardinia, Italy

Background imageCatapult Collection: Illustration from a medieval songbook, 14th century (illumination)

Illustration from a medieval songbook, 14th century (illumination)
2902709 Illustration from a medieval songbook, 14th century (illumination) by German School, (14th century); (add.info.: Medieval songbook; Whether the mountain of consolation in the Swiss Aargau was)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Study of instruments to launch arrows and to storm fortresses; pen drawing on gray paper

Study of instruments to launch arrows and to storm fortresses; pen drawing on gray paper, by Leonardo da Vinci and preserved at the Gallery of the Academy, Venice

Background imageCatapult Collection: WW2 - Seaplane Catapulting From HMS Sussex

WW2 - Seaplane Catapulting From HMS Sussex
A photograph of a British WW2 seaplane leaving the catapult of HMS Sussex, a County class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageCatapult Collection: Medieval war machine. Catapult. Parabolic motion machine

Medieval war machine. Catapult. Parabolic motion machine, used to launch long-distance projectiles. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883. Later colouration. Date: 2019

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman weapon. Onager. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883

Roman weapon. Onager. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883
Onager. It was an imperial Roman torsion powered siege engine. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883. Later colouration. Date: 2019

Background imageCatapult Collection: Henry cartoon, Catapulting Flies, by Carl Anderson

Henry cartoon, Catapulting Flies, by Carl Anderson Date: 1936

Background imageCatapult Collection: RAF Supermarine Walrus, Amphibian Airplane

RAF Supermarine Walrus, Amphibian Airplane being catapulted from HMS Sheffield Date: 1938

Background imageCatapult Collection: RAF Hawker Nimrod II, K3654

RAF Hawker Nimrod II, K3654, preparing for catapult launch at No.1 RAF Flying Training School, Leuchars, Scotland Date: 1938

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman Catapult, Siege of Carthage

Roman Catapult, Siege of Carthage - Carthage must be destroyed is carved into the wood in Latin. Date: 146 BCE

Background imageCatapult Collection: Douglas A-4B Skyhawk 142094

Douglas A-4B Skyhawk 142094 (MSN 11348), displayed at NAS Leemore, CA, with the hump from an A-4F, in the colours of 150033 which suffered a bad catapult launch

Background imageCatapult Collection: The story of Alsace tells the children; End of Roman domination

The story of Alsace tells the children; End of Roman domination, the Romans defend cities against Francs invaders
JLJ4622602 The story of Alsace tells the children ; End of Roman domination, the Romans defend cities against Francs invaders; by Waltz

Background imageCatapult Collection: Weaponry, two-armed throwing machine in the style of the Greek ballistae

Weaponry, two-armed throwing machine in the style of the Greek ballistae
7277992 Weaponry, two-armed throwing machine in the style of the Greek ballistae by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Weaponry)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Arabs defending the city of Mallorca from attack by King James I the Conqueror in 1229

Arabs defending the city of Mallorca from attack by King James I the Conqueror in 1229
IND364409 Arabs defending the city of Mallorca from attack by King James I the Conqueror in 1229, fragment of The Conquest of Mallorca

Background imageCatapult Collection: DDE-90032497

DDE-90032497
Medieval War Machine and the Pillory, Campiglia Marittima, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy Date: 16/08/2008

Background imageCatapult Collection: A young soldier sabotages on nights the catapults of the saracens during the siege of Salerno by

A young soldier sabotages on nights the catapults of the saracens during the siege of Salerno by the muslims, Italy
ELD4849953 A young soldier sabotages on nights the catapults of the saracens during the siege of Salerno by the muslims, Italy

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman legionaries in lorica armour and galea helmets with shields and spears during a siege

Roman legionaries in lorica armour and galea helmets with shields and spears during a siege
6339995 Roman legionaries in lorica armour and galea helmets with shields and spears during a siege by Corsi (19th century); (add.info)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Soldiers fighting at Carthaginian fortifications (engraving)

Soldiers fighting at Carthaginian fortifications (engraving)
7147275 Soldiers fighting at Carthaginian fortifications (engraving) by Chenavard, Paul Marc Joseph (1807-1895); Private Collection; (add.info.: Soldiers fighting at Carthaginian fortifications)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Medieval German castle on a lake (engraving)

Medieval German castle on a lake (engraving)
7148012 Medieval German castle on a lake (engraving) by Bauernfeind, Gustave (1848-1904); Private Collection; (add.info.: Medieval German castle on a lake)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Catapulte; Catapult (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Catapulte; Catapult (engraving)
7195220 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Catapulte; Catapult (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catapulte; Catapult)

Background imageCatapult Collection: David standing with crossed legs and holding the head of Goliath on a pedestal at l

David standing with crossed legs and holding the head of Goliath on a pedestal at left, a sword on the ground, after Reni, ca. 1635-45

Background imageCatapult Collection: The Saracens besieged a Christian city Detail from one page taken from a manuscript of

The Saracens besieged a Christian city Detail from one page taken from a manuscript of
LRI4625109 The Saracens besieged a Christian city Detail from one page taken from a manuscript of the Song of Saint Mary (Cantigas de Santa Maria)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Medieval trebuchet (chromolitho)

Medieval trebuchet (chromolitho)
1094129 Medieval trebuchet (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Medieval trebuchet)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Onager, from the Restoration in St Germains (engraving)

Onager, from the Restoration in St Germains (engraving)
2791425 Onager, from the Restoration in St Germains (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Onager, from the Restoration in St Germains)

Background imageCatapult Collection: The Welsh attack on Montgomery Castle in 1095 led by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys

The Welsh attack on Montgomery Castle in 1095 led by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys
STC293131 The Welsh attack on Montgomery Castle in 1095 led by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys, illustration from Hutchinsons Story of the British Nation, c.1923 (litho) by Pearse

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman soldiers with spoils of war on the Arch for Titus

Roman soldiers with spoils of war on the Arch for Titus
Roman soldiers march in procession with spoils of war or spolia on the Arch for Titus, the arch of triumph celebrating Emperor Tituss victory over Jerusalem

Background imageCatapult Collection: Sling weapons, plate from A History of the Development and Customs of Chivalry

Sling weapons, plate from A History of the Development and Customs of Chivalry
STC147601 Sling weapons, plate from A History of the Development and Customs of Chivalry, by Dr. Franz Kottenkamp, published by Carl Hoffmann, 1842 (colour litho) by Reibisch

Background imageCatapult Collection: Fol. 261v Siege of the Chateau de Chinon, from the Grandes Chroniques de France

Fol. 261v Siege of the Chateau de Chinon, from the Grandes Chroniques de France
XTR193521 Fol.261v Siege of the Chateau de Chinon, from the Grandes Chroniques de France, 1375-79 (vellum) by French School, (14th century); Bibliotheque Municipale, Castres

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman soldiers near a catapult used during the first war in Dacia

Roman soldiers near a catapult used during the first war in Dacia
LRI4641532 Roman soldiers near a catapult used during the first war in Dacia, 1862 (mould of the bas-reliefs of the column of Trajan) by Roman; Museo della Civilta Romana, Rome

Background imageCatapult Collection: Counterweight machines for throwing darts and stones

Counterweight machines for throwing darts and stones from Lipsius and others. One double that fires a stone from a sling. Copperplate engraving from Francis Groses Military Antiquities respecting a

Background imageCatapult Collection: Onager, a type of catapult to project stones

Onager, a type of catapult to project stones. Constructed by Newton under the direction of Lt. General Melville. Copperplate engraving by N.C

Background imageCatapult Collection: The catapulta. Ancient machine for projecting darts

The catapulta. Ancient machine for projecting darts. From Mr. Newtons Designs for Vitruvius. Copperplate engraving by N.C

Background imageCatapult Collection: The balista. Ancient machine for projecting stones

The balista. Ancient machine for projecting stones. From Mr. Newtons Designs for Vitruvius. Copperplate engraving by N.C. Goodnight from Francis Groses Military Antiquities respecting a History of

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman siege catapult (coloured engraving)

Roman siege catapult (coloured engraving)
3630100 Roman siege catapult (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Roman siege catapult)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Confession of Japanese Penitents

Confession of Japanese Penitents
Confession of Japanese penitents ( a person repenting their sins). If the penitents fail to make a proper confession, the priest causes the balance to project them down the mountainside. Date: 1844

Background imageCatapult Collection: Attack on a Germanic encampment by the Romans (engraving)

Attack on a Germanic encampment by the Romans (engraving)
969104 Attack on a Germanic encampment by the Romans (engraving) by Steelink, Willem II (1856-1928); Private Collection; (add.info.: Attack on a Germanic encampment by the Romans)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Roman catapult (chromolitho)

Roman catapult (chromolitho)
1094131 Roman catapult (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Roman catapult. Educational card, late 19th or early 20th century)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Ancient Rome: Weaponry, Catapult, 1866 (coloured engraving)

Ancient Rome: Weaponry, Catapult, 1866 (coloured engraving)
XEE702520 Ancient Rome: Weaponry, Catapult, 1866 (coloured engraving) by Leutemann, Heinrich (1824-1905); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCatapult Collection: The Romans (coloured engraving)

The Romans (coloured engraving)
3630111 The Romans (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Romans. Illustration from Bilder aus dem Alterthume (Braun & Schneider, Munich)

Background imageCatapult Collection: Uzziah erects engines of war on the walls of Jerusalem

Uzziah erects engines of war on the walls of Jerusalem
LLM338892 Uzziah erects engines of war on the walls of Jerusalem by Hole, William Brassey (1846-1917); Private Collection; (add.info.: Uzziah erects engines of war on the walls of Jerusalem)

Background imageCatapult Collection: The attack on Rhodes (litho)

The attack on Rhodes (litho)
STC416135 The attack on Rhodes (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Siege of Rhodes in 305-304 BC by Demetrius Poliorcetes)

Background imageCatapult Collection: 15th century mangonel, from Les Arts au Moyen Age, published 1873 (litho)

15th century mangonel, from Les Arts au Moyen Age, published 1873 (litho)
KW415609 15th century mangonel, from Les Arts au Moyen Age, published 1873 (litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageCatapult Collection: Ms Fr 1580 or 1581 Attack of a castle, from the Roman de Renart (vellum)

Ms Fr 1580 or 1581 Attack of a castle, from the Roman de Renart (vellum)
XIR414529 Ms Fr 1580 or 1581 Attack of a castle, from the Roman de Renart (vellum) by French School, (13th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris



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"From Ancient Warfare to Modern Naval Power: The Mighty Catapult" Step back in time and witness the incredible power of the catapult, a formidable war machine that has left its mark throughout history. In 1962, the USS Randolph proudly sailed through the open seas, showcasing its might with two S2F airplanes perched on its sturdy catapults. A true symbol of naval strength and innovation. But let's not forget where it all began - during the Roman siege of fortified cities, when these colossal machines were used to breach enemy walls. Coloured engravings depict brave soldiers operating these fearsome contraptions during battles that shaped empires. Fast forward to World War II, where seaplanes took flight from HMS Sussex's catapults, soaring into action as they played crucial roles in reconnaissance missions and aerial combat. The medieval era witnessed another iteration of this parabolic motion machine - a towering weapon capable of launching projectiles with immense force. These marvels brought both destruction and strategic advantage to those who wielded them. One cannot overlook the ingenuity behind Roman weaponry like the Onager, captured beautifully in an engraving at Museo Militar dating back to 1883. These ancient engineers understood how to harness tension and unleash devastation upon their enemies. Yet not all uses for catapults were born out of warfare alone. In a lighthearted twist depicted by Carl Anderson's Henry cartoon strip, we find ourselves chuckling at flies being hilariously launched into mid-air using this age-old invention. Moving towards more recent times, aircraft such as RAF Supermarine Walrus and Hawker Nimrod II found themselves taking off from specially designed amphibian airplane catapults – a testament to continuous technological advancements in aviation history. As we delve deeper into historical accounts like the Siege of Carthage or witness officers reviewing troops within Rome's mighty army empire-wide battles unfold before our eyes; each one highlighting the pivotal role catapults played in shaping the course of history.