Warfare Timeline

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  • 200,000 BCE

    Bow and Arrow

    This is roughly when humans first started using bows and arrows. This changed the game by giving humans the ability for ranged combat.
  • 3000 BCE

    Taming of the Horse

    The horses changed warfare by give humans the abilities for quick, hard strikes against others.
  • Period: 499 BCE to 449 BCE

    Greco Persian Wars

    The Greco Persian wars were a series of wars between Achaemenid and the Greek City states. The wars were mainly about Achaemenid conquering these Greek States.
  • Period: 431 BCE to 404 BCE

    The Polynesian War

    A war fought between the Athens and the Peloponnesian Empire led by Sparta. These were two of the most powerful empires of the time. This war was over power and prosperity. At the climax of the war, 300 Spartans held for 3 days against the Athens´ forces of hundred of thousands.
  • 300 BCE

    Invention of the trebuchet.

    The trebuchet gave armies the ability to lob objects long distances, thus decimating enemy formations. It could also have been used for throwing bodies over enemy walls for infection.
  • Period: 264 BCE to 146 BCE

    Punic Wars

    The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between the Romans and Carthage. The war was about the spreading of Roman borders in order to take over Carthage.
  • 800

    Invention of Gunpowder

    The invention of gunpowder paved the way for more modern (at the time) and explosive weapons. This made weapons a lot more lethal.
  • Period: 1095 to 1492


    The Crusades were a series of religious wars between the Christians and the Muslims. The main objective for the Christian was to take back land that was taken by the Moors.
  • 1180

    Invention of the Longbow.

    The longbow allowed for even more distanced and precise shots for the carrier.
  • 1326

    Invention of the first hand cannon.

    The hand cannon allowed for regular soldiers to have fatal and powerful firepower at a light weight and with higher mobility as well as ease of use.
  • Period: 1337 to 1453

    One Hundred Years War

    The Hundred Years war was a series of wars and conflicts between the British and the French forces. The conflict was mainly over the right to own the territory of France.
  • 1500

    Flintlock Musket Invention.

    The flintlock musket gave the average soldier more power and accuracy as well as good mobility such as the hand cannon.
  • Period: 1519 to 1521

    Spanish Conquest of the Aztec Empire.

    In this war, the Spanish completely overthrew the once powerful Aztec Empire, just taking it for themselves.
  • First Submarine

    It paved the way for modernised nautical combat potential. It was also very advantageous for scouting and briefing missions.
  • Period: to

    Thirty Years War

    The war was mainly the scuffle of Protestant vs Catholic states and the potential power of taking over Europe. It was one of the most destructive conflicts in human history, with around 8 million casualties in total from battle, famine, and plague.
  • Period: to

    English Civil War

    The English Civil war was a series of civil wars between the Parliament and Royalist forces of Great Britain.
  • Period: to

    Napoleonic Wars

    The Napoleonic wars were a series of wars in which France, under the command of Napoleon, waged several wars in order to gain more power.
  • Revolver Invention

    It gave people the ability for a light and more compact devise with a lot more speed in terms of shots being fired.
  • Period: to

    The Taiping Rebellion

    The taiping rebellion was a massive civil conflict within China, with it being about political, religious, and radical upheaval in the country. It was one of the largest wars in history.
  • Invention of the Ironclad Warship.

    The ironclad warship gave way for more tanky and resilient warships. It was the framework for modern war cruisers.
  • Period: to

    The American Civil

    The American Civil war was a conflict between the Confederate armies and the Northern Union forces. It was the bloodiest conflict in American history and ended with the Union winning and the Confederacy coming back.
  • First Machine Gun

    The machine gun gave individuals more destructive power with a much faster shooting method for destroying enemies.
  • Period: to

    The Boxer Rebellion

    The Boxer Rebellion was a rebellion against the spreading of Western ideas such as imperialism and Christianity.
  • Period: to

    World War 1

    Considered the largest conflict at the time, WW1 was a bloody war against tens of countries in Europe and a few other places in the world. The war ended in a crushing loss for the German and Austro-Hungarian armies.
  • Invention for fighter planes.

    Gave way for areal warfare as well as giving armies more scouting craft.
  • First Tank

    Gave armies more protective vehicles and a lot more firepower.
  • Period: to

    Russian Civil War

    The Russian Civil war was a war fought between, mainly, the Red and white armies. The Red Armies, the bolsheviks, fought to establish communism into the country, and the white army was fighting for the established order.
  • Period: to

    World War 2

    The largest war in the history of man, World War 2 was a massive conflict between the Axis Powers, consisting of Germany, Austro-Hungary, and Japan, and the Allied Forces, consisting of really everyone else. The main player in the war was Nazi Germany, with them vying for power and territory.
  • First Use of the Atomic Bomb.

    Ushered in a new era of peace, but also fear of the destructive power.
  • Invention of the AK 47

    Gave a way for soldiers to have a reliable, powerful, and very cheap machinegun.
  • Period: to

    Cold War

    The Cold War was a non openly hostile conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States vying for influence over regions in the world. In the end though, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and the United States won ultimately.
  • First Test of the Hydrogen Bomb.

    It was another progression in weapons of mass destruction. Hydrogen bombs were a lot more powerful than atomic bombs.
  • Period: to

    Rwandan Genocide

    The Rwandan Genocide was a mass slaughter of many other races in Rwanda.
  • Period: to

    Second Congo War

    The war was started because of trades in conflict material. There were also just a lot of other small, quite petty, things that lead to conflict.
  • Invention of the MOAB

    The moab is the largest yield non-nuclear weapon in history. It has paved the way for non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction.