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Why did the Chinese use kites in battle?


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February 21, 2009 5:56AM

The Chinese have in the past used kites as signal equipment. I found an interesting article about kites on another website. Another thing to think about... is look at a battle in war, and the thousands of troops/horses/etc on the land. If it's a flat-open area of the battleground, then something really high up in the air would be a good place to signal your commanders on the field to do certain things. Different colored or shaped kites could mean different things to help give them that extra 'edge' to win the battle. The enemy may see the kites go up, however wouldn't understand what they meant. They also used Hummers (aerolian harps) on their kites to create a haunting noise that could be rather scary!