Battering Ram

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A weapon that traces it's origins to well before Medieval times. In it's plain form, the Ram was nothing more than a large wooden log (tree) - carried by multiple persons and propelled with force against a stone or wooden wall. If the log was large enough and sufficient force was used (momentum), damage or destruction of the wall was accomplished. In practice, the Ram was enclosed in a mobile (covered) shed or enclosure. The tops (if wide enough), would provide protection to the persons pushing the Ram. Often early examples of Rams were fixed to the cart/sled device. To increase striking force (and momentum), the start of Ram logs being installed on "rocking swings" began. Using basic physics, the log would be suspended from ropes from the top of the top beam of the sled. Suitable length was required for "hang" and the length of the of as well.


This accomplished, the Ram would had better control and of course MUCH larger logs could now be employed. More elaborate Ram logs would often have iron or metal "caps" placed on the strike point of the log. This would help increase damage to a wall or fortification as well. Some larger models would require 15 or 20 men (even more), to operate. Rams were a good breaching weapon with regards to attacking an enemies Gatehouse (often the only way) - in some fortifications, to initiate a breach. Gunpowder and artillery would quickly replace these masterpieces of military engineering. Many excellent reproductions have been constructed and are on display throughout the world.