This book, first published in 1978, analyses the development, uses and effects of conventional anti-personnel weapons such as rifles and machine guns, grenades, bombs, shells and mines. It provides the historical, military, technical and clinical background to the international legal discussions as part of the ongoing efforts to prohibit or restrict the uses of some of the more inhumane and indiscriminate of these weapons, the most successful being the 1997 Ottawa Treaty that banned the use of anti-personnel mines.
Table of Contents
1. The Rise of Anti-Personnel Weapons, from Antiquity to 1900 2. The Rise of Anti-Personnel Weapons, from WWI to the Vietnam War 3. Projectile Wounds and Wound Ballistics 4. Small Arms and Ammunition 5. Fragmentation Weapons 6. Blast and Blast Weapons 7. Delayed-Action Weapons 8. Electric, Acoustic and Electromagnetic-Wave Weapons 9. The Development of the Laws of War on Anti-Personnel Weapons