Claymore: The Origin of the Name

10 06 2008

From Wikipedia, some source research:

QUOTE: The term claymore from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh m?r, “great sword”) may refer to one of two distinct types of Scottish broadswords. Originally it referred to a two-edged broadsword with a cross hilt, of which the guards were usually turned down, used by the Highlanders of Scotland. The name was then applied to the single-edged basket-hilted sword adopted in the 16th century and still worn as the full-dress sword in the Highland regiments of the British Army.

The M18A1 Claymore is a directional anti-personnel mine used by the U.S. military. It was named after the large Scottish sword by its inventor, Norman A. MacLeod. The Claymore fires shrapnel, in the form of steel balls, out to about 100 meters across a 60? arc in front of the device. It is used primarily in ambushes and as an anti-infiltration device against enemy infantry. It is also of some use against soft-skinned vehicles.

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