Arms and Armor in Africa by Helmut Nickel

By Helmut Nickel

Describes the guns and instruments present in Africa from prehistoric via glossy instances and discusses how they exhibit human development.

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Battle displays on Now fired in bitter battles against French and they are used primarily in fantasias, colorful festive occasions. The different sub-tribes of Berbers mock each 50 BERBER TRIBESMEN MOORISH SWORD AND MOROCCAN SABER have a distinctive guns. style in the silver As edged weapons, Berbers mounted scabbards, and sabres with fortable) hilts. The down-curved decoration and the butt shapes of their carry curved daggers in brass or silver strangely shaped (but actually very com- quillons of these sabres are reminiscent of the sword hilts of their ancestors, the Moors of the early Middle Ages who conquered much of Spain.

Herding in the past and this to counter-raids the knobkerrie, too. longer staff, The most 44 As and seemed to lead naturally to cattle-raiding intertribal warfare. defensive weapon Such fighting was done with the Hottentot warrior carried a with which he parried and deflected the clubs hurled at him. bitter enemies of the Hottentots were the Zulus, a Bantu-speaking ZULU WARRIORS people. Being herders and cattle-enthusiasts, they were aggressive when their cattle raids; but enough in a great miUtary leader, Tchaka, organized them, they became one of the greatest powers in South Africa.

41 MASAI WARRIORS AT WAR DANCE NEW OLD STYLE STYLE BUSHMEN HUNTING South Africa There men archaeological evidence that in prehistoric times a race of smallish is with rather pale yellow-brown skin and curly hair, which grew in tight little tufts, was spread out over the greater part of Africa south of the Sahara. Over the ages they were gradually pushed back and displaced by skinned tribes; at present the small men are to be found in the parched waste- lands of the Kalahari Desert in southwest Africa, living the nomadic hunters and gatherers.

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