Solving the mystery of the Mongol secret weapons


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Military Illustrated - Past and Present
Vol. 202, no. 0305 (March 2005), p. 24-31


The Mongol invasion of Japan was a shock to the samurai warriors pitted against them. Some of the most deadly surprises were said to be exploding bombs, but little evidence of them has ever been found and some historians doubted their very existence. But Stephen Turnbull reveals how recent archaeological discoveries have finally solved a centuries-old mystery