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OLD, AUTHENTIC, ANTIQUE, IRON CALTROP ‘ANTI-CAVALRY’ & ‘ANTI-INFANTRY’ DEVICE ~ Measuring Approximately 3-1/4 inches wide x 2-7/8 inches high ~ mx-001 ~ ITEM # mi-252 ~ ($100.) ~
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This Item shows some wear commensurate with age and use… yet remaining in Very-Nice Condition Overall… and It Will Make an Excellent Addition for Your Collection, Display or a Fantastic Gift!!!
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The Great Northwest Trading Company LLC – Est. 1976
NOTE: It was recorded by Quintus Curtius (IV.13.36), that Iron Caltrops were used by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela in Persia as early as 331 BC. ~ Also being recorded that Caltrops were used in the Battle of Carrhae in 51 BC. Caltrops were part of defenses that served to slow the advance of horses, war elephants, and human troops. Dreaded enemy chariots were rendered useless when the horses that pulled them were totally disabled by severe injuries created by these simple, 4 prong destructive devices. At the Battle of Nisibis (217 A.D.), the Roman Infantry was confronted by Parthian Lancers riding Dromedary Camels. After suffering significant casualties, the Roman Legions halted the Camel Cavalry Assault with extreme efficiency by rendering the Parthia’s mobility to a complete standstill with a field laden with Caltrops. Thousands at a time could easily be catapulted into & in front of enemy lines by use of Onagers causing injury and death by making direct ‘in-flight’ contact (such as a blast from a huge shotgun), and the Caltrops that fell to the ground most likely claimed their victims just a short time later… as no matter how they landed… one of the four sharp-tipped spikes would always point upwards… to impale the foot of an unlucky foe… with the remaining three prongs sticking securely into the ground providing a solid, stable base. Caltrops in the event of charging horses, camels or elephants, would most likely result in a fall, which could be fatal to beast and rider. Night raids by enemies were prevented by sowing the surrounding areas of the camps with Caltrops before night fell. Caltrops were not invented by the Romans, but they were made infamous by them. Easy & Inexpensive to produce, Caltrops were known to widely demoralize enemy troops and impede their advances due to knowledge of there previous use. Even though immediate death was unlikely, infectious wounds resulting from Caltrops undoubtedly took there toll days later as the wounds were almost impossible to heal properly.