The pros and cons of the trabuco

The ability to get inside of a defending army’s walls was critical to victory in ancient sieges. The trabuco was ideal for this role. It is essential to have adequate siege machinery in any battle involving barricaded defenders. With its counterbalancing propulsion, the trabuco can throw a rock farther for weight than any other siege weapon. However, this ancient mode of artillery is not necessarily withoutits drawbacks. Here, I will discuss the pros and cons of this mode of breaching walls so that a fortress may be stormed and captured by an invading army.

The trabuco’s capacity for breaching walls is indispensable. It not only is a very effective way for devaluing a valuable chip on the side of the defenders, it is also an innately disheartening weapon, likely to strike fear into the hearts of any defender. An immense multi ton boulder crashing down on your position, destroying the barrier between you and your enemy, and actually turning that barrier against you through the creation of debris and shrapnel is not to be scoffed at. As a soldier in charge of stopping an enemy onslaught, knowing that there are weapons the enemy can bring against you is likely to make you quake in your armor, making you a much less adequate fighter.

However, the trabuco is not perfect. While it is true that the trabuco is the ideal weapon for breaking down large barriers such as castle walls, it is a cumbersome weapon. In fact, it is so large and heavy that it is not feasible for an invading army to take trabucos on the march with them. Rather, they must assemble each trabuco at the location they plan on using them. This obviously requires a lot of lumber, which is not necessarily always available. Even if there were enough trees around to build one, there likely won’t be enough for several, and each will take a lot of time to complete. There are more portable siege engines that can also get the job done. In conclusion, trabucos are a useful siege engine, but not perfect for every situation. Know more: