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Weapon Bill: an agricultural tool that has become a serious argument in battle

The bill polearm was originally an agricultural tool, which, after a number of changes, became widely used in the military field. The main popularity fell on the 14th-17th centuries. It was most co..

Lucerne hammer: the history of the struggle of Swiss weapons with knight's armor

In the 14th – 15th centuries, the Swiss cantons, in the struggle against the reduction of their own autonomy within the Holy Roman Empire, begin an open confrontation. The cantons were able to organiz..

Halberd: the history of the struggle of polearm with feudal cavalry

Ever since the time when prehistoric people learned to make tools, polearm have become hunting tools. It will count at least 100 thousand years. With the advent of organized societies, and then stat..

Why was pole weapon the main weapon of warfare until the 18th century

Homo sapiens, which appeared 100 – 300 thousand years ago, like other earlier representatives of our species, were in a difficult situation in the wild. The man did not have claws, great speed and ..

How Scandinavian Broadaxe conquered medieval battlefields

Battle axes have a fairly long history of use. Combat copies were used in the era of the first civilizations of the East. In ancient Egypt, warriors often used axes with an average blade length not ..

Poleaxe: how to destroy a man-at-arms with the help of military goods

The history of polearms has a long period of use in combat of battle axes. The Sumerians also used copper axes for battles. In the ancient era, axes were actively used by the Germans, Celts, Scythi..

Goedendag: the short story of the triumph of the arms of the Flemish townspeople over the French knights

Thanks to modern cinema and video games, some of the inhabitants got the impression that bladed weapons were the most effective on medieval battlefields. Although, in fact, long sword-type blades w..

Glaive: weapon for the infantrymen and then the ceremonial equipment of the guards.

The feudal era, which began after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, gave rise to many new or improved types of weapons in Europe. The appearance or modification of edged weapons was caused pri..

Voulge: the weapon of crossbowmen and the predecessor of the halberd

Voulge is a polearm, which was a transitional instance of an axe for subsequent transformation into a more famous halberd. Voulge was made from the end of the 13th century and was used until the mi..

Dusack: cheap and effective weapons of the Hussites and European militias.

During the period of constant wars in Europe, a fairly cheap and effective weapon was needed. One of these examples was dusack (from Czech “tesák” – literally translated as “hunting sword").Dusack&..