Mangonels are mechanic engines that operate the same way as catapults. They were capable of catapulting smaller-sized ammunition, mostly smaller rocks, pots and optionally carcasses from their pots (instead of a sling that catapults did use). It is also easier to reload and fire this way. Due to this setup, the mangonel is more of an anti-personnel weapon than an actual demolisher engine and actually found utility in defenses' big towers. Tower mangonels were effective at inflicting unwanted casualties when a charge was led against the castle walls.
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