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6th International Science-practical conference “Warfare and weapons. New researches and materials”

6th International Science-practical conference “Warfare and weapons. New researches and materials” is held 13-15 May 2015 in the Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps (Russia, St.Petersburg). The main purpose is to present new contemporary research and materials of warfare and weaponology since ancient times to the present day, exchange of information about monuments of military history, weaponry, that are stored in museums of Russia and other countries, discussion of preservation, exhibition and restoration problems. All the materials of the conference will be published by its opening. International Science-practical conference “Warfare and weapons. New researches and materials” has been held since 2010 and it is the most significant one in Russia in this field. The conference has always had a great interest not only among experts in history, weaponology and museology, but also among a lot of non-professional lovers of history and weaponry. More

Obituary. Gorelik Mikhail Viktorovich

January 12th, 2015 Gorelik Mikhail Viktorovich aged 71 passed away. He was one of the most famous contemporary Russian historians of weaponology. Educated as an expert of arts he was a leading expert in the field of historical reconstruction in the Soviet period and modern Russia. Scientific reconstructions of weaponry suits and equipment of ancient and medieval peoples made under his supervision are stored in the Russian State Historical Museum, the Tower of London, the state museums in Kiev (Ukraine) and Almaty (Kazakhstan).  He was awarded with the main Russian cinematic award for designing more than a hundred historical suits and equipment for the historical period drama “Yermak” about the Russian conquest of Siberia. As a result of his scientific interest in ancient and medieval weapons of Eurasia are his books: “Armies of Mongolo-Tatars in 900-1300” and “Weapons of Ancient Oriental. 4000 BC-300 AD” and dozens of articles about the…

Review. Guerrilla weapons: the catalog of collection. The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum

Review. Guerrilla weapons: the catalog of collection. The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum; ed. G.V.Scorinko, S.A.Loparev. Minsk, 2014 ISBN 978-985-7083-26-8 The book presents a unique collection of self-made weapons, which were made and used by Soviet partisans who fought in Belarus in 1941-1944. The museum exposition opened on 22 October 1944 in Minsk (Belarus). The catalog of the collection was published in the year of the 70th anniversary of Belarus liberation. The author and editors are G.V.Scorinko, the deputy of the Chief curator of The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum, and S.A.Loparev, the author of a series of articles about partisans’ weapons. The main content of the book is the collection of self-made submachine guns made by artisans of partisans’ troops. The collection includes copies of famous guns (PPD-40, PPSh-41, PPS-43) as well as completely original models. The total number is more than 50 items accompanied by technical characteristics and…

An Attempt to Develop a Lecture Course Titled «Introduction to Historical Weaponology

Samgin S. (2015). Opyt razrabotki lekcionnogo kompleksa «Vvedenie v Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie» [An Attempt to Develop a Lecture Course Titled «Introduction to Historical Weaponology]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 1, pp. 124 — 135. Samgin S. Abstract: For the longest time Historical Weaponology has been recognized as an auxiliary historical discipline. However in Russia it has not been developed into a separate branch of science yet because of the interruption in professional studies, lack of activities in academic publishing and translating of foreign works during the Soviet period. Today Historical Weaponology in Russia is successfully winning the lost ground though the problem with training of future experts in this field exists and still there are no educational programs on Historical Weaponology in Russia. Meanwhile, such programs would be able not only contribute to the increase of interest in historical weapons, but lay the ground for the specialization of professional historians as…

The Self-made Submachine Guns Used by Belorussian Soviet Partisans During World War II

Loparev A. (2015). Samodel’nye pistolety-pulemety v belorusskom sovetskom partizanskom dvizhenii perioda Velikoj Otechestvennoj vojny [The Self-made Submachine Guns Used by Belorussian Soviet Partisans During World War II]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 1, pp. 70 — 81. Loparev A. Abstract: The article concerns the manufacturing process of submachine guns, both copies and true weapon systems during the guerilla fighting in Belarus in 1941-1943. In the days of World War II the strongest in Europe anti-Nazi guerilla stir was active on the occupied territories of the Belarus Soviet Republic. By 1943 scattered groups of fighters had been organized in a strong well developed structure and to fill in the automatic firearms shortage submachine guns manufacturing was started. It is these weapons the emphasis first of all was made on because the guerilla tactics of “attack-stepback” sought high intensity automatic fire in a short span of time. Mechanical workshops fitted for…

“Southern” and “Northern” Bows in the “Hunting weapons” Collection of the State Darwin Museum

Miloserdov D. (2015). «Juzhnyj» i «severnyj» luki v kollekcii «Orudija lova» Gosudarstvennogo Darvinovskogo muzeja [“Southern” and “Northern” Bows in the “Hunting weapons” Collection of the State Darwin Museum]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 1, pp. 101 — 111. Miloserdov D. Abstract: Two different types of bows from the collection of the State Darwin Museum are described in the article. The first one is the voghul bow or the “northern bow” as the author calls it. The “voghul” is a legacy name of the Mansi, a low-numbered indigenous community of the Khanty-Mansi autonomous District in Russia. The bow belongs to the composite type. Its long arms (totally 185 cm long) consists of the back and the inner plate glued together and fixed additionally with tendinous fiber wrapped in six points. The wood is of different species. The technology of string manufacturing permits to attribute the bow to the Mansi. The…

For Stabbing or for Cutting? The Ways of Dagger Use by the Caucasus Peoples in the 19th century

Sheremetyev D. (2015). Kolot’ ili rubit’. Primenenie kinzhala u narodov Kavkaza v XIX veke [For Stabbing or for Cutting? The Ways of Dagger Use by the Caucasus Peoples in the 19th century]. Istoricheskoe oruzhievedenie [Weapons History Journal], № 1, pp. 30 — 56. Sheremetyev D. Abstract: The article is devoted to different aspects of dagger use in the Caucasus region in the 19th century. The technique possibilities of cutting and stabbing were analyzed in depth as well as the cultural norms connected with these ways of dagger use. Indeed, contemporary ethnologists and linguists document it is cutting that must be practiced by a warrior attached to his dignity while stabbing was considered to be “too easy” to exercise. Consequently in accordance with the cultural norms and rules a warrior mustn’t have aimed to win a combat using the methods which were the easiest and strongest ones. The fight was probably…