British Tanks of World War II: France and Belgium, 1944 by David Fletcher

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Furthermore, recycling is simpler because these metals can be melted and recast. Manufacture One of the strengths of the Roman army was its discipline and employment of a system of fighting that involved every soldier knowing what his neighbour would do in a battle. Drill practice honed this system to perfection. It was said of the Roman army: ‘Their drills were bloodless battles and their battles were bloody drills’ ( Josephus v. 20 Units were assigned special tasks, such as heavy infantry, light infantry, skirmishers or cavalry, but all acted together as a unit.

An alternative is that all marks are removed using abrasives. Although this is a very time consuming, it can be undertaken by unskilled labour. The production of helmet bowls using the sinking and raising method is both time consuming and requires a considerable amount of skill on the part of the operator. However, the technique requires much simpler equipment compared to spinning (see below). Iron forming blocks If a wooden doming block is used for the production of iron sheet products, it will wear out rapidly.

There is no firm evidence of this in the archaeological record; however, if such a device had been made, the wooden section would have decomposed and, if the metal lining remained intact, it would probably have been misidentified as a shield boss or not identified at all. Spinning Spinning is a production system where a thin sheet of metal is rotated and pressure is 36 Roman Imperial Armour Figure 19: Wooden doming block with steel insert applied to the sheet to force it against a wooden former (Hodges 1989, 74–5).

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