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by The United Mexican States of -Azteca Mexico. . 53 reads.

Old Mexican Warfare (More to be added)

Early Warfare

A Macuahuitl

The Macuahuitl
One of the earliest weapons the Aztecs had before contact with outsiders was the Macuahuitl, which means hand “hand wood” in the Nahuatl language. This was a wooden club that had several obsidian blades embedded in it. Later on when the Chinese and NIU (Norse Inuit Union) made contact with the Aztecs, these obsidian blades would be replaced with sharp Iron, making it an even deadlier weapon. By the time the Conquistadors got to Mexico this weapon would be spread across Mesoamerica and it became used by the Mayans and others.

Warriors with Ichcahuipilli armor

It was a Mesoamerican armor used by the Aztecs and others in Mesoamerica that was similar to European gambeson armor. It was constructed upon unspun cotton stitched together between two layers of cloth and was light upon the wearer. This armor proved to be very effective against arrows and even musket shots It however was weaker against sharp swords. This armor would be used for a long time even after outside contact and would be improved upon and they would eventually make helmets out of this material that fully cover the head and face. When this armor was improved upon it would be able to block blows from swords

Outside influences on Warfare
One of the biggest influences on the Aztecs was the chinese. When they made contact with the Chinese in 1433, they gained access to Chinese gunpowder and books about Chinese weapons. One of the most destructive of these weapons would be the Fierce-fire Oil Cabinet, which the Aztecs would improve upon making the first mobile flamethrower.

Fierce-fire Oil Cabinet

Fierce-fire Oil Cabinet and the first mobile flamethrower
The Fierce-Oil Cabinet was a double-piston pump mounted flamethrower that was fueled by naphtha, and it can be seen as an improvement of the Greek Fire. It was first recorded being used in 919 AD. When the Chinese made contact with the Aztecs they traded with each other and manuscripts of the Fierce-fire Oil Cabinet made its way into the Aztec Empire. In 1436 they started experimenting on the Cabinet and in 1437 they were able to successfully make a mobile flamethrower. They only gave knowledge of this flame thrower and later other advanced weapons to their allies China and the NIU (Norse Inuit Union), and they hid this knowledge from Europeans. The Europeans made their first mobile flamethrower in 1900, hundreds of years after the Aztecs. The Aztec would also mount the Oil Cabinet on Chariots (Horses were imported to Mexico from China and the NIU). When the Spanish-Aztec wars happened in 1519, the Aztecs would use the Oil Cabinet and mobile flame thrower on the Spaniards. The Spaniards did not bother to try to use the flamethrowers or any other advanced Aztec weapons for their own use as they thought the Aztecs got them from the Devil.
The firebuster
The Aztecs were able to create their own guns in 1457. The Aztecs also made bombs before this in 1437. One of these guns they created was called the firebuster in 1459. It was a close ranged run that could hold one round, somewhat like an early shotgun. This one round was an explosive incendiary round and it was devastating to anyone hit by it.
The Aztec rocket launcher
In 1532 after experimenting with fireworks and explosives they created the Aztec rocket launcher. This would replace canons as they were easily transportable and could be reloaded much quickly. The Chinese already made a portable device that launched multiple rock powered arrows in the 11th century but the Aztec rocket launcher created a much larger explosion about the same size as modern day rocket launchers.
Fire and Chaos
A military arrangement called the "fire and chaos" would be developed in 1550. There would be 4 rows of soldiers, the 1rst and front row being those with flamethrowers and some with rocket launchers, the 2nd row being gunmen, the 3rd being bowmen with fire arrows and rocket powered arrows, and the 4th row being those with rocket launchers.

Hwacha in action

The Hwacha which in Korean means “fire chart”, was a multiple rocket launcher that launched fire powered arrows. It could launch 100 to 200 of these arrows. The Aztecs got access to this in 1597 (The Aztecs traded with other Asian nations besides China, like India and Japan).