Deadliest Warrior (2009) s03e04 Episode Script

Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal

We're about to examine Possibly the two greatest warriors Throughout history-- Genghis Khan Ah! Versus Hannibal.
Ugh! Something that just ght play out to be a big factor Is that both of these warriors Are physically and psychologically hardwired For war.
I think this is an incredible matchup.
These are two of the greatest generals ever.
Two of the most brilliant tacticians And possibly two of the greatest strategists To exist of all time.
This is a legendary matchup.
Hannibal, the carthaginian general Whose army of elephants terrorized rome-- The greatest empire of its time-- Versus Genghis Khan, The 13th century mongolian ruler Whose legions built the greatest empire Of all time.
To find out, The history of war and modern science collide As former navy seal richard "mack" machowicz Dives deep into the tactics of the warriors Behind the weapons, Biomedical engineer geoff desmoulin Applies 21st century technology To unlock new data on arsenals of the past, And e.
Physician armand dorian dissects the trauma And reveals the physical and psychological traits That shaped these legends of war.
This groundbreaking data will be paired With historical research and entered Into an all-new, digital combat engine.
Two legendary combatants will be resurrected.
History will be rewritten.
But only one will be crowned Welcome to the fight club.
Our experts will unlock new historical insights Whenever you look at great matchups like this, For me you gotta start from scratch And look at the tale of the tape.
You have Hannibal who's 5'7", 155 pounds.
You have genghis who's 5'8", 170 pounds.
A very crucial "x" factor for me is diet.
Genghis had a very high protein diet.
That's great for short-term energy.
Now you look at Hannibal's diet.
Great amounts of legumes, vegetables, It's very well-balanced, Much like what a marathon runner would want.
If this fight were to go to the 10th round, Hannibal actually has the fuel to get there And genghis just may gas out.
Doc, I'll tell you, strategy and tactics Is gonna play a gigantic role in this particular battle Between these two incredible warriors.
We're gonna be looking at The legendary double envelopment from Hannibal Against Genghis Khan's famed retreat-- Both fantastic battlefield tactics.
Completely agreed, mack, But for me, it's all about the weapons.
The type of metal is an "x" factor.
And even though these two warriors Were separated by 1,400 years, They both still fell within the iron age, So they had steel but no gunpowder.
And for the first time on deadliest warrior, I'm gonna be able to take measurements From a 9,000 pound live elephant.
I can't wait to do that.
I think it's subtle differences in these weapons That's really gonna play out in the sim.
The new digital combat engine was created by robert daly, A former green beret and designer Of more than 30 military simulation And strategy video games, Including the deadliest warrior game.
It will take this showdown to a whole new level.
For the first time ever, We're looking at not only the warriors' weapons And seeing how effectively they matched up against each other, But we're taking into account hundreds of "x" factors.
These are those intangibles that the warriors have-- Physiques, makeup-- Everything that we can compile on these warriors' lives, On their battles, on their histories.
We then assign values from 1 to 100 And we include it in the sim.
Wielding Hannibal's weapons is bryan forrest Aah! A broad sword specialist And an expert in Hannibal's combat techniques.
Even though Hannibal is facing a 1,400-year technological gap, His armor and weapons have stood the test of time.
Also representing the ancient assassin Is world-renowned Hannibal historian, dr.
Patrick hunt.
Hannibal's empire stretched almost a thousand miles Across north africa into the eastern half of Spain.
In every battle Hannibal fought, He was usually outnumbered two to one.
He could outwit anyone.
Hannibal was so determined to destroy rome That in 216 b.
, he pulled off One of the most remarkable war maneuvers in history-- Amassing 90,000 troops and 37 war elephants.
He marched his war machine Over the icy passageways of the alps To invade rome.
It was the most dangerous March possible, And Hannibal achieved it Because he had a goal in mind to take rome down.
1,000 miles and seven months later, Rome tastes Hannibal's butchery In the start of a two decade-long siege Known as the second punic war.
Hannibal was a military genius and is still studied today Across every military campus in the world.
Fighting for Genghis Khan and his mongolian ancestors Is khosbayar A 13th century weapons specialist.
Comparing genghis against Hannibal, There's no comparison.
Genghis Khan never lost a single battle in his life.
Rounding out the Genghis Khan team is dr.
Timothy may, Author of the mongol art of war.
Genghis Khan conquers more territory Than any other conqueror-- Alexander the great, julius caesar.
This empire is the largest contiguous empire in history, Stretching from the pacific ocean To the carpathian mountains and mediterranean sea.
It'll encompass 14 million square miles.
Genghis Khan built his massive empire on the battlefield, Uniting warring mongol tribes under his iron-fisted rule.
His armies rampaged across the asian continent, Leaving a path of death and destruction.
Genghis Khan was a master Of strategy and tactics on the battlefield And also the entire army was bound together Through organization and discipline.
This is what helps unify the mongol military machine Into the most dreaded military force in history.
I love the fact That we're using historical data this year in the sim.
But these guys never actually met on the battlefield, So that means, to make this sim complete, We gotta get out and test some weapons.
Hannibal kicks off the showdown With warfare's first ancient battle tanks: The war elephant-- 4 1/2 tons of bone-crushing fury.
For the first time on deadliest warrior, We have a live elephant to test.
This is suzy, a 25-year-old female african elephant.
She's 9 feet tall and 9,000 pounds.
Very powerful animal.
What did Hannibal want to do in the battle space With the elephants? They would line them up, put them in front of the army And just send them barreling down upon the enemy.
That stomping damage, that goring damage with the tusks, That kind of fear factor, Seeing this wall of elephants towering above you, Charging, was enough to break ranks.
Chaos in the ranks, that's bad for communication.
Everything starts to fall apart, But doc, how does that chaos affect the body? Great question.
I mean, that chaos That you're seeing demonstrated on the outside Is hbppening on the inside.
Lack of communication with your brain to your muscles, Your heart rate's going up.
You are in a panic state, sympathetic reaction.
Adrenaline's all over your body and guess what? You're not used to dealing with an elephant, So you know what's gonna happen? You're probably gonna make the wrong decision.
That surprise factor is so important Because if you've never trained for it, When it catches you, you're in a bad situation.
Yeah, that's a 9,000 pound surprise.
There you go, perfectly stated.
Toind out if the force of an elephant stomp can kill, Suzy will stomp on a ballistics gel torso, Representing the density And viscosity of human flesh and bone, Placed on a platform containing a load cell.
On your mark, get set, stomp! Good, stay.
Down, down, down, down.
Push, push, push.
Good, good, good, stay.
Good, good, good.
Get it, get it, get it.
Good, get it.
Oh! Wow! Crazy.
Whoa, check it out, check it out.
Oh! Blood-thirsty elephant.
That's impressive.
Oh! Oh! Told ya! oh! Did you hear that? Crunch.
Did you hear that? Crunch.
We've got a load cell reading of 2,045 pounds.
Call in the medic.
So from a cadaver standpoint in some of my research, 2,045 pounds meets or exceeds any injury criteria in the body And the proof is in the pudding.
When you start seeing guys being smashed And horrible things happen to skulls And the bodies bleeding everywhere, the terror, The panic that sets in with those troops, That's what makes this a terrifying weapon.
If it was me under there, please step on my skull.
Don't step on my belly because I'm gonna suffer Probably the most excruciating death anyone's ever suffered.
Genghis Khan has an answer to those elephants.
It's the recurve bow and a wide variety of arrows.
Well, that's the next test.
We're gonna see if a bowman can take down a war elephant.
Genghis Khan's signature weapon And one of the greatest long-range killers in history, The mongol recurve bow-- A merciless human hunting machine.
This is a perfect weapon That has gone through about a thousand years of evolution, And it reaches its perfection under the mongols.
They would carry it in a holster.
And it's also quite powerful.
And the strength of the bow comes from its manufacturing.
It has horn, sinew, a wood core.
It's not surpassed for about 600 years Until you have firearms That have better accuracy and rate of fire.
That's impressive.
But can it penetrate the thick, armor-like skin Of Hannibal's war elephant? We have to find out How effective a mongol recurve bow and arrow is Against an elephant.
So bottom line, I have to make elephant skin.
What I've got here is some 1/4-inch-thick leather That's gonna mimic the epidermis of the elephant.
The dermis is about 3/4 of an inch on average.
So we're gonna use some closed cell foam for that.
Then we get into about nine inches of subcutaneous tissue Before you actually got to Any of the large arteries in the elephant.
And that's where we're talking about ballistics gel.
So we've got all the layers of the ten-inch thickness That we want to test against the mongol recurve bow.
That'll work good.
Geoff's target will determine If the arrow can penetrate deep enough To strike any of the elephant's vital organs.
Khosbayar will attack the elephant skin By firing one armor-piercing arrow And one wide-tipped assault arrow from 20 yards away.
High speeds up, go.
Got it.
Oh, nice.
That's nice.
Let's go check out the damage, doc.
What happens with these armor piercing, The idea is to pierce, not to kill in and of itself Because look at the diameter of entry-- Low profile's great to penetrate but not great to kill Because your target has to be on point.
This with regards to a human is a definite kill If it hits the right zone.
With an elephant, we need a little bit more.
We need about a foot.
So it's not getting vital structures.
However, this is gonna cause pain, And once you have one spooked elephant, It's gonna spook the other ones Even if they haven't been hit.
The elephant becomes a danger on the battlefield For your own guys, and that's where the chaos comes.
Genghis Khan's recurve bow or Hannibal's war elephants-- Which special weapon gives his warrior an edge? The aspect of elephants charging, Without a doubt, is gonna cause fear.
It's gonna be something that everybody's gonna focus on, So for me, those are all definitions of a game changer.
It clearly goes to genghis.
The recurve bow changed the planet.
It's not about killing the thing.
It's about getting in the elephant's head.
There's a reason cavalry lasted For thousands and thousands of years as horses, Not as elephants.
For me, I gotta stick to the evidence That I just saw in this test.
While we did get some penetration Into the elephant's skin, There wasn't a whole lot of damage there.
I'm giving my edge to the elephant.
Mack? It's gotta go to genghis.
Mack? It's gotta go to genghis.
Doc, your edge? My edge goes to the Hannibal war elephant.
Don't worry, mack.
Sometimes we'll all agree and sometimes-- No, dude.
I--I'm--I'm right.
For special weapons, The edge goes to Hannibal for his war elephants.
Coming up, it's the battle of the blades.
And later, mack dissects The famous battlefield tactics each used To carve out their victories.
Hannibal, Genghis Khan-- Only one can be the deadliest warrior.
Hannibal, serial slayer Who brought the mighty roman empire to its knees In the 3rd century b.
Genghis Khan, undefeated 13th century conqueror Who slaughtered his way through 1/4 of the world With the help of a notorious steel killer-- The turko-mongol saber, a curved blade of steel That massacred enemies by the millions.
Genghis Khan's saber, which hasn't seen battle in centuries, Will be resurrected in our armory By weapons designer and builder dave baker.
Okay, so the turko-mongol saber, Forged out of steel, a 32-inch-long blade.
It'll have about a two-inch belly to the curve.
So, we wind up with a sweet spot Somewhere right in the front third of the blade.
So to build a weapon like this, We try to find as many curated sources as we can-- Uh, museum pieces, uh, research pieces, As opposed to just pretty pictures in a book.
That way we get the specifications For the proper weapon, as opposed to the myths That have been made up about the weapon.
Turko-mongol saber Is the preferred hand-to-hand combat weapon of the mongols.
The curve of the blade allows you to cut through So the weapon doesn't get stuck Like a straight-bladed weapon would.
This weapon is perfect for cavalry And yet still effective on foot.
I'm impressed by this.
It's a great length.
I can keep a guy at distance in close-quarter combat And then play to the strength of the sword, Which is its range, and then set up that shot where I know I, When I come down with that big stroke, It's on something that's gonna give me a gigantic payoff Because it requires a big commitment.
On this test, we're gonna be assessing That weapon's speed or impact velocity As well as the damage it can do on a mimic Of real human tissue and bone.
Geoff marks the kill zones on the four targets And attaches an ilink orientation sensor To measure the saber's impact velocity.
3, 2, 1, go.
Oh, right through that mother.
Wow! Oh! That's it.
Wow! Nice job, khosbayar.
At the impact point of that weapon, 72 miles per hour.
Four targets, four kills.
This, without a doubt, is the most impressive blow, Because look at the thickness of this bone.
This rib, you've cut exactly in half.
You're gonna hit the subclavian vein, You're gonna hit the top of the lung.
He'll pump a couple times, squirt the blood out, Unconscious in about 15 seconds, And then you can watch them die.
So this is a definite kill.
And what I love about this one, bang on the mark.
My only slight concern with this is it needs a big load To deliver that kind of impact on the target.
If a guy has the capability with shield To step in and close that distance, You're in trouble already.
The turko-mongolian saber.
I think it's incredibly effective, But I just think there's just too much blade For close quarter combat.
Hannibal experts, what do you think? You guys have a lot of experience Killing unarmed peasants, But against war-hardened carthaginians, I'm not sure how it's gonna match up.
Well, prove it, then.
Going head-to-head with the turko-mongol saber Is a sword that killed more romans Than any weapon in ancient history-- The falcata, A sword that turned Italy into a roman killing field.
The falcata, it was made out of spanish steel, And in the day that was the finest steel you could get.
Really pure ingredients.
You can see it's got all its weight On this forward canted edge, creating a sweet spot Just behind the curve of the blade, The maximum point of percussion.
The challenge in making this is working that blade Into a nice smooth, almost knife-like section, As opposed to a sword where it's more chisel-like.
The romans were so terrified of this sword, They doubled the thickness of their shields Because they felt the effects of this Coming right through their shields, Either vertical chop or even penetrating.
I want to see this.
There you go.
I'll tell you, when you're talking about Hacking through something, Because it's so short, you don't need as much room.
You can strike, strike and then move right into the next shot, Where you're not really having to really load up.
Well we've seen the turko-mongol saber On our unarmored opponents.
Let's see what the falcata can do.
Lead the way.
On 3, 2, 1, kill it.
Move! Nice.
Keep goin'.
There you go.
Aah! Nice! Great accuracy and 66 miles per hour.
Just slightly slower, but I don't think we need to worry About speed on this one.
The falcata Matched the turko-mongol saber kill for kill.
This is very impressive.
Chopping a guy from his shoulder all the way down to his heart, You're actually hitting the aortic knob or the arch.
Once you hit that, the amount of blood that'll spurt Is just grotesque, and it's an instant kill.
But a very crucial "x" factor for me is fatigue.
And it didn't look like you were exhausted using this thing.
And that is very important when it comes to a war.
You didn't see these really gigantic loads.
It's much faster to operate Because there's a lot less steel to maneuver around.
Turko-mongol saber, 72 miles per hour.
Hannibal's falcata, 66 miles per hour.
Not a huge difference there, But the big difference for me was The movement between each target Was much smoother for the falcata.
It looks great chopping, But what happens when you get it stuck in a body? That's exactly what this handle is designed for, Is to be able to chop and pull through.
It won't cut through lamellar armor.
A second point is, We're on horseback and you can't catch us.
The swords now move to the saddle, Where both Hannibal and Genghis Khan Revolutionized battlefield tactics With their cavalry units.
Both warriors will attack with their swords At a full gallop from 25 yards.
The target is elevated and moving To simulate a cavalry opponent.
One ride by, one blow-- which weapon Will most accurately deliver a fatal strike? Genghis Khan's turko-mongol saber is up first.
Khosbayar, are you ready? Ready.
Khosbayar, are you ready? Ready.
3, 2, 1, go! Hy-aaah! Nice.
Nice, well done.
Let's take a look.
You've gone through the epidermis, You've gone through the dermis, you cut the kidney.
There is really no way to stop that bleeding.
This is gonna be an instant kill.
Beautiful strike.
The thing to me that stands out is range.
When you're moving really fast And you want to be able to reach out and touch somebody, It's nice to have a little more edge to do it with.
I completely agree.
You've got greater reach on that weapon, Curving away from your target.
So you're going to break that wrist.
You actually want that break in the wrist So you can pull it through.
It doesn't get stuck.
You keep on moving, take down more targets.
Perfect call.
It's now the Hannibal expert's turn To strike from horseback with the falcata.
High speeds up.
Go! Yeah, yeah, yeah, come on, come on, come on, come on.
Hy-aaah! Nice.
There you go.
Through the soft tissue, You have a fractured spinus process.
But it doesn't go through the spine? But it doesn't go through the spine, So the spinal cord is intact.
This by itself hurts but doesn't kill.
It looks like the chopping action Is not as good off of horseback.
And don't forget the mongol saber Is what killed millions of people.
It's why so many armies adopted the saber today.
But I'm sure none of those opponents had the falcata.
There's probably a good reason why.
What do you think, mack? I'll tell you, it all comes down the range, I think.
That extra ten inches really makes a difference.
While on foot, the falcata owned these tests, On horseback, The turko-mongol saber did much, much better.
And you gotta remember, both of these warriors Spent much more time on horseback than on foot.
Edge, turko-mongol saber.
For close range weapons, The edge goes to Genghis Khan for the turko-mongol saber.
Coming up, mack puts us in the heat of battle.
The biggest kill zone rome has ever seen.
And it's swords versus armor.
Hannibal, roman empire destroyer.
Genghis Khan, 13th century world conqueror.
In a battle between these two leaders, who would win? Now we're taking the battle to the next level-- Blades versus body armor.
Hannibal stakes his life On a kit of armor forged of bronze and brass.
The musculata chest plate, shield and helmet-- A protective metal barrier of intimidating strength.
But will it hold up Against Genghis Khan's turko-mongol saber? On this particular shield, I've got the load cell Right in behind the boss, just to the right, So I want you to step in like this And hit it right about there if you can.
Got it.
As far as the musculata's concerned, We've got it directly behind the chest here, So anything coming in on the chest is gonna be perfect.
Okay, as far as this head shot, The sensors are sitting right about here, So I want you to come down in a hacking motion.
Boom, lay it right on the helmet there.
High speed's up.
Load cell activated.
On 3, 2, 1.
Hit it.
Nice shot.
All right, let's see what you got.
Let's break this down by the numbers.
Starting with the shield, I got 220 pounds.
And the cutoff for me To start breaking bones of the man holding the shield Is about 250.
You've actually pierced through the musculata, But you didn't pierce through enough To actually touch the man behind it.
The head shot.
I got 435 psi from the pressure pad underneath.
The cutoff for a linear skull fracture Is around 80 to 100 psi, so you're quadrupling that number.
And lo and behold, We've got a depressed skull fracture underneath.
Once you have a depressed skull fracture, You get that talk and die patient.
The person who gets an epidural hematoma inside, It's a ticking time bomb that swells up.
You feel like you're okay and then you pass out and die.
For me, it's all about the ability To wage war on the battlefield.
First strike, he's still in the game.
Second strike, he's still waging war.
Third strike, now we've got something.
You've got chaos.
He may be down.
Hell, he may be even dead.
That's what you want.
If that's the first strike, you get to knock that guy down And just move on to the next guy.
That's what wins you wars.
That was a definite kill shot.
Let's move on to lamellar armor.
Genghis Khan is a fortress of steel Aah! In his lamellar chest plate, shield, and helmet.
The double-plated lamellar is so effective, It inspired modern-day body armor.
But can it stop Hannibal's falcata? Load cells up, pressure mats in place, High speed's ready.
On 3, 2, 1, go! Aah! Huhhhh! Hyah! Nice.
As far as the shield was concerned, about 212 pounds.
So again, below that critical, Critical 250 pounds that we're looking for.
Yeah, and when you talk anatomy, The way this shield is held is with their forearm, So even less likely they're-- You're not gonna get any wrist injury, no elbow injury.
And even if you do get a fracture, The mongols actually had dedicated bone setters Which would actually help them continue to fight.
I am so impressed with this lamellar armor.
I'm seeing a little hole in one of these plates, But it's in an area that's actually doubled up, So it did not make it through.
Moving on to the helmet, we did not pass That critical 81 psi that you need To meet the threshold of a linear skull fracture.
I'll tell you one thing that I saw Which was different from your unarmored test.
It looked like you were A little bit more labored with each failure.
A very crucial "x" factor for me is fatigue, And if you keep trying to do something And you're unsuccessful, Therein lies the stamina aspect, therein lies the diet aspect, All of which we could give robert to put in the sim.
Personally, when I watch this, If you're out there and you're thinking About what's happening to you, you're in trouble already.
But if I'm out there, Completely committed to taking you apart Because my confidence in my armor is so great, I don't have to think about what's gonna happen to me.
All I have to think about is what I'm gonna do to you.
When you look at the falcata, it wasn't able to penetrate Through the defense of the lamellar armor.
Hannibal's armor had a significantly higher rate Of injury to the skull, with the helmet.
There's a high likelihood of a bleed in the brain.
It's a ticking time bomb.
You're gonna dje.
So I have to give the edge to the lamellar armor.
For armor, the edge goes to Genghis Khan.
In deciding which of these two warriors is deadliest, Mack will assess the "x" factor of battlefield tactics.
We've seen these warriors' weapons, But what makes these warriors great Is their battlefield brilliance.
They've been studied by generals throughout time.
Their genius has even influenced the small unit tactics I studied in seal team.
What was one of Hannibal's greatest tactical maneuvers? Hannibal's most important battle was cannae in 216, Where Hannibal led the romans Into a trap called the double envelopment.
This is the best trap in history.
Let's use my touchtable to go to Italy.
So we're going to rome.
All right, so when we're looking at Hannibal, He's now made the effort to cross All the way across the alps and into southern Italy.
It is there in southern Italy at the town of cannae, Where Hannibal's army is met on the battlefield By a roman legion of 70,000 troops.
This is where haibal begins to lure the romans into his trap.
Hannibal presents a thin line of an arched front Towards those romans.
The romans take the bait and attack.
He's got them to commit.
Now he's fighting the romans in the front.
What he does is he gives up just a little bit of ground And starts changing his formation shape, right? It's a u-shape, drawing the romans Closer and closer down that corridor, And it creates a three-sided box.
Boom, there you go.
He set the trap perfectly.
Now the romans are being attacked on their flanks.
The romans can't move to the left, They can't move to the right, and they can't move forward.
And now, Hannibal brings his cavalry in to close the box.
No one can get out of there.
It's now a killing field.
The biggest kill zone rome has ever seen.
70,000 romans die that day on the battlefield.
This is the most incredible defeat in roman history.
And thus, the double envelopment, As a brilliant tactical maneuver, is born.
Coming up, we find out Which war lance packs the more lethal impaling power.
Oh! And later, Hannibal and Genghis Khan Finally square off in a duel to the death.
Two of history's deadliest generals Fought their battles 1,400 years apart.
But if they actually faced off, Which legendary warrior would defeat the other-- Hannibal or Genghis Khan? In this clash of iron age titans, Mack breaks down the battlefield tactics used by Genghis Khan To conqu 1/4 of the world.
What is one of genghis's favorite tactical maneuvers? Well, Genghis Khan was all about the feigned retreat.
What is a great example of this? The battle of kalka river.
It takes place in russia, southern ukraine.
All right.
Let's go there.
The battle starts in may 1223, When a unit of only 2,000 mongol cavalrymen Launch a hit and run arrow attack On 30,000 rus and kipchak troops.
A much smaller force-- yes.
Is now about to engage a gigantic force.
You got it.
Why? They want to get the kipchaks and rus to chase them.
So as soon as they commit, the mongolians take off.
They take off And the mongols are always staying just close enough So you think you have them.
They will keep harassing them, get them as angry as possible So they keep coming after the mongolians.
They're trying to take them someplace.
They're taking them on an operation That basically goes nine days long.
Look at the distance.
It's crazy.
They're so set on destroying this bunch of mongols, They have no idea that they're walking into a trap.
They have no idea There's another 18,000 mongolians hiding.
Then the mongolians spring their ambush, Unleashing a deadly assault.
Both flanks are attacking, everything's coming at them.
They're trapped in that position.
And the kipchaks go screaming out of there As fast as they can.
This is causing the thing you love so much--chaos.
Oh, chaos is so good.
The rus who have been trapped in here get slaughtered.
It is because of strategy and tactics like the famed retreat That genghis goes on to conquer The largest contiguous land mass in history.
That's why I think genghis khan's the deadliest warrior.
We've seen the double envelopment from Hannibal-- Incredibly audacious, incredibly bold, but when you Compare it to Genghis Khan and the feint and retreat tactic, When you start to look at the discipline Of getting into a guy's head for nine days straight, Breaking their spirit And then delivering the coup de gras ambush, The edge goes to Genghis Khan.
For the "x" factor, battlefield tactics-- Edge, Genghis Khan.
One of the key components Of both these warriors' battle plans Was to hit fast and hard and at medium range.
Aah! Genghis Khan used the jida lance A killer from foot as well as horseback.
This weapon is about 12 foot long, Made out of wooden shaft, With an eight-inch steel on top.
It was used in battle either overhanded or underhanded While charging infantry and cavalry.
And this weapon takes a good deal of traing To use it appropriately on horseback 'cause you're going full speed-- You have to steer the horse and also aim this at your target.
Hannibal counters with the soliferrum Five feet of iron destruction.
With the soliferrum, what you have Is basically a giant solid metal missile.
It'll do a lot of damage to flesh.
If it doesn't kill going in, it's gonna kill coming out.
Once I deliver my initial blow, I have at least two more of these in my arsenal.
Let's go test it.
Because our warriors fought mostly cavalry-based armies, Their target will be elevated and moving.
Genghis Khan's jida lance is up first.
On 3, 2, 1, let her rip.
Nice, nice, nice.
Oh, yes! Nicely done.
Okay, this is why I love these penetrating injuries, Because it's all about the location of placement.
Watch it, guys.
Thank you.
If you see this, I mean, That's a significant amount of blade.
That went all the way through and came out the back, But look where it's placed.
It's what's called the anterior axillary line.
This is where I would put a chest tube in.
If somebody had a collapsed lung, This is the safest place for me, as a doctor, To poke into that chest.
He needed to be over about an inch to two inches more center.
This is not an instant kill.
This guy can at least deliver one, two, Maybe even three more blows against another opponent.
This is clearly a lethal weapon.
Even if this particular individual is not dead, He's on his butt.
He has to try and stand up and pull that out And hopefully not get trampled or killed While he's on the ground.
I'm curious to see How the next weapon stacks up against this one.
The biggest challenge I see with the soliferrum Is that you're gonna toss it.
This guy's moving.
Your soliferrum is moving.
The horse is moving.
There's a lot of complications with this.
I'm curious to see how it all works out.
Mack, you nailed it exactly.
It's all about accuracy.
With regards to penetrating injury, let's see how you do.
Let's get the dummy moving.
3, 2, 1, charge.
Come on.
Nice shot.
Nicely done.
Nice shot.
Okay, this is a beautifully placed strike In the left upper quadrant of the belly, Just under the rib cage, Right where we've got that nice organ that loves to bleed.
That's the spleen.
We get a lot of trauma to the spleen.
It's not an instant kill.
He's gonna be screaming, writhing around And trying to get this out.
He will continue to fight.
He may actually not even die from this injury.
I have to ask the question, what if you miss? Yeah, you have extra weapons, But I don't think you can reload and throw Before you have eight inches of steel in you.
When you're throwing these Into a group of a thousand archers, If you don't hit a man, you're gonna hit a horse.
You're gonna break up the ranks as well.
It's gonna create chaos.
I appreciate the debate back and forth, But the thing that impressed me is they both hit the target.
Now it's just a question of who's got the better skill And delivering that to a lethal shot, get that instant kill.
I agree, mack.
I think the tipping factor in my mind Is that you actually do have multiple soliferrums.
And if you're hitting with them, those are multiple kills.
It's one thing for me to pull this out.
It's a whole other ball of wax For him to pull it out of himself.
The thing that matters to me on the battlefield is, The soliferrum has more than one shot.
You can take three, maybe four into battle.
Edge, soliferrum.
For medium-ranged weapons, The edge goes to Hannibal for the soliferrum.
Coming up, the final battle-- Hannibal, the brilliant, north african general Who brought the mighty roman empire to its knees, Versus Genghis Khan, the 13th century mongolian ruler Who conquered 1/4 of the planet And built one of the greatest empires ever.
Who will be the deadliest warrior? Hannibal, the carthaginian general Who bested rome's legions for two decades, Versus Genghis Khan, the mongolian warlord Who amassed the largest empire of the ancient world.
In a head-to-head battle, who is deadliest? Our team of specialists have tested, recorded, And analyzed weapons These two great warriors brought to this showdown.
In close-range weapons, The falcata was out-dueled by the turko-mongol saber.
Edge, Genghis Khan.
In medium-range weapons, The jida lance was skewered by the soliferrum.
Edge, Hannibal.
In the battle of armor, the musculata Was dealt a crushing defeat by steel lamellar.
Edge, Genghis Khan.
For special weapons, ancient artillery Could not bring down waare's first battle tank.
Edge, Hannibal.
All the weapons' test data Has been turned over to robert daly And plugged into the digital combat engine.
His team of engineers Has also completed their historical research And assigned values to more than 100 "x" factors.
We evaluate these intangibles and give them quantities.
We look at what their motivations are, What their diet is, what their technology is.
We get all of our historians together And look at all the historical data That talks about their battles, their fighting styles, Their techniques, the weapons that they're using.
Hannibal and genghis, Probably two of the greatest tacticians ever.
So I think both guys, tactically brilliant.
There's gotta be a difference strategically Between the two men.
Strategically, there is a difference in the two.
Hannibal did not accomplish his mission, Which was to destroy rome.
You look at Genghis Khan, The only way that they stop him is he dies.
I mean, this is a pretty impressive thing.
Genghis did have a significant advantage here Where we rated him an 89 Versus Hannibal's 76 in battlefield strategy.
So, robert, what about physicality? Genghis has a high protein diet, Where Hannibal has a high carbohydrate diet, Which has gotta factor in for the long-term battle.
Absolutely, the edge does go to Hannibal.
He's gonna last in combat a little bit longer.
Hannibal an 81, versus genghis is a 76.
And let's not forget about metallurgy, okay? Hannibal was bringing that brass helmet, bronze chest plate.
Those two things are technologically inferior weapons Towards the lamellar armor and the helmet that genghis wore.
You look at the armor values, and we're seeing a big weight Towards genghis's side with an 85, Versus Hannibal's 74 in the armor metallurgy.
The "x" factors are falling pretty close on this one And the test results are pretty close.
Only one way to find out how this is gonna play out.
Let's head to the sim.
With all of the hard data from the tests And all of the numeric values From the more than 100 "x" factors Plugged into the combat simulation engine, We are ready to launch a five-on-five final battle-- Genghis Khan and four mongolian soldiers Versus Hannibal and four carthaginian soldiers.
Genghis ended up winning.
It was close, though.
The total numbers are 2,739 versus 2,261.
In the head-to-head weapons comparison, Genghis Khan's turko-mongol saber Outperformed the falcata And his recurve bow crushed the war elephant.
But Hannibal's soliferrum dominated the jida lance.
Where the real edge comes down is in the armor.
And the metal for those helmets Was very different and very distinct.
Hannibal's helmet is breaking About seven times more often than genghis's helmet.
This is a big difjerence.
If your metallurgy of your armor isn't as good And your armor isn't protecting you, You're dying on the battlefield.
And Hannibal was dying more often than Genghis Khan.
Genghis won.
Doesn't really surprise me, Although if there's one guy in history That was gonna give genghis a run for his money, It was gonna be Hannibal.
You can't negate a guy who was able to lead And conquer 1/4 of the world.
This guy had all the tools To become one of the greatest warriors of all time.