A point about siege ladders


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In the movies, climbing a ladder to attack a castle is shown a suicidally dangerous. Was it? How did they actually use ladders in assaults on fortified places?
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Walls of Rome image
By user:Lalupa – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=556470

Krak des Chevaliers image
By Gianfranco Gazzetti / GAR, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50464723

Walls of Byzantium image
By en:User:Bigdaddy1204 – Photograph taken in June 2006 in Istanbul by en:User:Bigdaddy1204. All credits go
to him., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=880970

Apollodorus of Damascus image
By Gun Powder Ma – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10089952

Trajan’s column image
By Attributed to Apollodorus of Damascus – Conrad Cichorius: "Die Reliefs der Traianssäule",
Zweiter Tafelband: "Die Reliefs des Zweiten Dakischen Krieges", Tafeln 58–113, Verlag von Georg
Reimer, Berlin 1900, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5122586

Chinese scaling ladder image
By cncs – 摄于陕西西安长乐门城楼 photographed at City wall of Xi'an by Cncs, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Merlons image
By Luis Rogelio HM – Avila Capital – 084, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72793131

Chimera image
National Archaeological Museum / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

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