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When was arquebus first employed in battle?

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    Posted: 08-Oct-2006 at 04:42
When was arquebus first employed in battle?
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  Quote Emperor Barbarossa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2006 at 10:06
I am not sure exactly. I believe that it was either during the Hundred Years' War, or in the Hussite Wars.

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this is a picture of a mounted arquebusier from 1646 but this isn't the correct date of when they first were used
 
 
 
btw what is the diffrence bewteen a musket an a arquebus.
 
there bigger but what about fire power and such
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  Quote Emperor Barbarossa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Oct-2006 at 12:44
The arquebus was the predecessor to the musket. It was much smaller, and easier to fire.

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English arquebus (harquebus) comes from German Hakenbuschen, which comes from Czech hakovnice. The hakovnice, or 'hook gun', was used by Hussites as early as 1419. However, handguns were in use at the time, though not common, and other handguns may have been used in battle before. The earliest incarnation of what we know as the arquebus was definitely used by the Hussites, however.
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  Quote jacobtowne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Oct-2006 at 14:49
Arquebus or harquebus, German Hakenbchse, replaced the 16th Century handgun, which was fired from the chest, by adding a stock shaped so that it could be aimed from the shoulder. It's most important improvement was an S-shaped clamp holding the match (these are matchlocks). The clamp pivoted on a pin connected to a trigger that brought the match in contact with the pan powder.

The term arquebus lived on after the invention of the wheel lock.

The word derives from French arquebuse and Dutch haakbus "gun with a hook."

All of which does nothing to answer the original question, of course.Smile

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I should think that it was used before the Hussite (30 years?) war. If you read Fossiart and other hundered years sources, you can see that the English used hand cannon at Crecy, and the men of burges when they were besiged by the duke of flanders used firelocks and aquebuses to some small degree.
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Arquebus was derived from Hackbut: a small 14th century cannon mounted on a pole that was light enough for one man to load and fire
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