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Assyrian siege warfare. The Assyrian military genius was most apparent when the Assyrians laid siege to a fortified place. Their armies excelled in the art of siege warfare, and they put their specialized knowledge into practice with ruthless efficiency. This relief of a siege depicts Assyrians crossing a moat or river using inflated animal skins as flotation devices. The Assyrians also used ladders to storm battlements, and excavations to undermine walls. They built earthen ramps to put their soldiers over a city?s walls, and they used battering rams to splinter gates.