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studied the longsword, rapier, halberd, and other weapons from the treatise to understand their His book is essentially a training manual of all the combat techniques Meyer knew, combat with polearms such as the quarterstaff or halberd. . The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of A halberd is a two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries. The word halberd is most likely equivalent to the German word Hellebarde, 1 History; 2 Similar and related polearms; 3 Gallery; 4 See also As long as pikemen fought other pikemen, the halberd remained a useful. A pole weapon or pole arm is a close combat weapon in which the main fighting part of the weapon is fitted to the end of a long shaft, typically of wood, thereby extending the user's effective range and striking power. Because many pole weapons were adapted from farm implements or other Pole arms were common weapons on post-classical battlefields of Asia and.
Later partisan. It has definite median ridge which wings are larger and the socket has a node between the socket and the blade. The blade is 20 inches long from socket to the tip, c. A form of partisan with long slender wings curving backwards towards the butt and sharpened on the side towards the tip.
The increased size of the wings would serve to widen its area of effect, but it could also hinder recovery from a thrust with its tendency to entangle the wings in any obstruction.
It differs from the couteau de breche Fig. The glaive Fig. They can be described as a large couteau de breche which may have a small extension on the back which would act as a parrying hook. The doloire Fig. It is a two handed weapon, and is much the same as a broadaxe. In some sources it is called a wagoner's axe, but is generally indistinguishable from the style of a German type of broadaxe. Some of the doloires have engraving on the blade. Two axe like weapons which have national associations are the bardiche and the Lochaber axe.
The bardiche Fig. It is mainly associated with Russian infantry of the 16th century. The lochaber Fig. Its characteristic feature is a hook at the upper end facing the opposite direction from the edge of the blade. The hook probably appeared later than the early Ren- Fig. This diorama in the Schweizersches Landesmuseum, Zurich of a 15th century Swiss phalanx in the armor of the period and the types of arms which would be appropriate, shows quite vividly the use of spears which were usually 16 to 20 feet in length.
Its use is open to speculation. Along with the Jedburgh axe it is associated with Scotland. The Jedburgh axe is somewhat of a mystery. In the early 17th century they were known as Jedburgh staves.
The only published picture that this author is aware of is of the one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which was described by Dr. Bashford Deane and illustrated in "Stone's Glossary. Its efficiency in combat is doubtful as they appear too fragile and it may be that they were used as a weapon for bodyguards.
These weapons can also be used for thrusting, but their primary use appears to be for cutting. In some respects their use is similar to the halberd, but we have put them in a separate category because of their longer cutting edge and because they do not with the exception of the doloire have the weight or heft of the halberd. It is difficult to imagine these weapons cutting through plate armor. Lochaber axe. A later version with the posterior facing hook.
Earlier versions did not have the hook. Military Fork - A development of the pitchfork. The tires are straight and there is usually a stop at the base to limit penetration. Awlspiess awlpike - A long but rugged needle which has a circular hand guard mid way between point and butt.
An elaborate form of the runka with upward pointing sharpened wings. The central blade is 20 inches long from base to tip and the wings are 11 inches wide at the tips.
Its use in combat would be limited by its tendency to become entangled.
You archers and lancers of knightly rank, Pikemen and flailsmen of the common people, Keep you all in mind the generous Lord. You will all shout "At them, at them! In one form or another it still exists today in the policeman's baton. The two handed version of the mace was the simplest of the percussion weapons. In most respects it was nothing more than a peasant's flail and continued to be known as such.
One handed weapons such as the mace, war hammer and bee de corbin were designed for use on horseback. The peasant's agricultural flail was basically two thick sticks linked together used to beat a pile of harvested wheat as it lay on the ground, separating the wheat Fig.
A weapon with the cutting edge on the convex side.
This is actually a knife or sword-like blade mounted on a shaft. It differs from the military scythe in that the cutting edge is on the concave side of the scythe. A two handed axe which was also called a waggoner's axe.
The blade may be mounted at a slight angle to the socket. Engraving is present in this specimen. The linking of the two sticks served to bring a greater striking surface to the wheat and it also increased the striking force. Reinforcing the primitive flail with metal bands decreased the tendency of the wood to break and also increased its impact.
The military flail Fig. When the hinged striker is replaced with a knobbed or spiked wooden or metal ball and attached to the shaft with one or more chains it becomes a much more complex flail.
This weapon, while difficult to master, it is also more difficult to defend against because of the flexibility of the chain. Flails were a principal weapon of Jan Ziska's Taborites in the Hussite Wars which took place at the beginning of the fifteenth century. The spiked club Fig. It is basically a two handed mace with additional refinements such as spikes. It usually had a spear type point to use as a thrusting weapon. This weapon was known by many names such as a "holy water sprinkler" or "morgenstern.
A sophisticated version of the agricultural flail. The ball is wooden with metal spikes inserted. While its flexible chain makes it more difficult to parry the weapon would seem to be harder to control. It was used at the battle of Courtrai in and has been variously described as a primitive halberd or a pike. William Guiart, a crossbowman in the French army at the time described it as Fig.
Morgenstern Holy Water Sprinkler, Godendag. This is a simpler version of the flail.
It is an elaborate form of a club and much easier to control than the flail in. Long heavy shafts reinforced with iron with a long sharp iron point and again: Cil baton sont longs et traitis Pourferir a deux mains faitis.
The shafts are made long in order to permit swing with both hands. The which accounts for either its name or the other weapons are similar to the halberd in name of its agricultural counterpart the function if not in appearance.
Each com- billhook. The shape of the blade may take bines at least two of the functions and they different forms but the forward curve or all have the capacity for thrusting and hook to the blade is characteristic. The either cutting or percussion. The shaft can be considered as the English halberd. The either round or octagonal.
Most seem to Fig. The English bill is the English form of halberd. The slender spear and beak would not be of use against armor and the curved the blade may indicate its origin was the agricultural bill. English bill. An early version. It is more robust and therefore of better use against armor.
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This style seems to be designed as a weapon rather than as the adaptation of a tool. The reason for this is obscure but it may have relationship to its agricultural ancestor. The major difference between the halberd and the bill lies in the weight.
While probably as lethal to an unarmored man the bill does not have the weight or strength to strike through armor. Its spear and beak, while they might possibly be efficient against mail, would be of very little use against plate. Some bills also seem to be more fragile than their halberd counterparts. A mid 16th century weapon which is known to some by the German name of kriegsgertel Fig.
Because of this close similarity it has also been Fig. This weapon is more robust than the bill. It looks like a bill with the spear removed but there is no evidence of this. It has three unidentified armourer called a bill so it has been included in this section. The Italian version of the bill is called the roncone Fig. This weapon does not really look like a halberd at all, but it does have the same function viz. The cutting edge is convex and appears to have been developed from the glaive rather than the axe.
The spear and beak are not as pronounced as on the halberd. It has two small beaks projecting forwards and backwards at the lower end of the blade. Its use is more clearly indicated by its German name "rosschinder" and it would be the perfect shape to disable a horse. Its appearance could be as early as the 13th century.
The Lucerne Hammer Fig. Roncone Italian bill, rosschinder. This is a much more sophisticated weapon than the bill, it does not have the weight of the halberd, and there are more piercing points. It is called a bill because of the upper curve of the blade. The German name rosschinder best describes its use horse cutter as it could easily hamstring a horse.
Medieval Weapons & Armour
Military Scythe. A scythe-like blade attached in line with the shaft with the cutting edge on the concave side. It differs from the agricultural scythe only in the angle of the tang and the blade. It has a spear point and a pointed beak, but the axe blade of the halberd is replaced by a four pronged hammer.
The prongs are prominent and are clearly meant for piercing rather than crushing. At the level of the beak and hammer, but at right angles to them are two short quadrangular lugs. It is a 15th to 17th century weapon and takes its name from Lucerne, Switzerland. The poleaxe, Fig. Its major use was "a outrance" serious combat using sharpened weapons rather than "a plaisance" friendly combat in which blunted weapons were used and little harm done to an opponent and was probably an answer to sturdier armor.
It had a spear point and an axe blade but the beak was replaced by a hammer with rudimentary knobs to serve as a crushing tool. They were frequently ornamented with brass inlays and they are heavier than the halberd with a shorter shaft, and might have a rondel for a hand guard. It appears in the first half of the 15th century and disappears shortly thereafter. This weapon utilizes a four pronged hammer in place of the blade of the halberd.
The shorter the points on the hammer the better it would be for crushing armor. The longer points would be better used against unarmored opponents.
It appears in the 15th century and the soldier was usually placed in the middle of the Swiss phalanx along with the halberdiers. It seems to be a local favorite with the city of Lucerne and takes its name from that city.
Pole axe with a four-prong beak. Another version had a hammer-like beak as seen on the cover. In either case it is sturdier and shorter than the halberd and can easily crush or pierce armor. Many poleaxes are engraved or otherwise decorated and were probably used in the tournaments.
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This happened gradually, but it must be emphasized that no single weapon was responsible for the development. Several available weapons had to be used together as any single weapon had its particular weakness. The long spear or pike as it was known such as the crossbow and the longbow were in the 16th century had two separate peri- significant as well, but only in good ods of ascendancy. In the 4th century B. Sometimes double-bladed with 2 crescent blades on opposing sides of the spearhead. Refer to the right most weapons in the two Chinese pole arm pictures It was created by combining the dagger-axe with a spear.
It consists of a dagger-shaped blade made of bronze or later iron mounted by the tang to a perpendicular wooden shaft: a common Bronze Age infantry weapon, also used by charioteers.
Some dagger axes include a spear-point. There is a rare variant type with a divided two-part head, consisting of the usual straight blade and a scythe-like blade.
Other rarities include archaeology findings with 2 or sometimes 3 blades stacked in line on top of a pole, but were generally thought as ceremonial pole arms. Though the weapon saw frequent use in ancient China, the use of the dagger-axe decreased dramatically after the Qin and Han dynasties. The Ji combines the dagger axe with a spear. By the medieval Chinese dynasties, with the decline of chariot warfare, the use of the dagger-axe was almost nonexistent.
Guandao[ edit ] A guandao or kwan tou is a type of Chinese pole weapon. Some believed it comes from the late Han Era and was supposedly used by the late Eastern Han Dynasty general Guan Yu , but archaeological findings have shown that Han dynasty armies generally used straight, single-edged blades, and curved blades came several centuries later.
There is no reason to believe their pole arms had curved blades on them. Besides, historical accounts of the Three Kingdoms era describe Guan Yu thrusting his opponents down probably with a spear-like pole arm in battle, not cutting them down with a curved blade.
The guandao is also known as the chun qiu da dao 'spring autumn great knife' , again probably related to the depiction of Guan Yu in the Ming dynasty novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms , but possibly a Ming author's invention. It consists of a heavy blade mounted atop a 5-tofoot-long 1. The blade is very deep and curved on its face, resembling a Chinese saber, or dao.
Variant designs include rings along the length of the straight back edge, as found in the nine-ring guandao. The "elephant" guandao's tip curls into a rounded spiral, while the dragon head guandao features a more ornate design. Podao[ edit ] A podao , 'long-handled sabre', is a Chinese pole arm, also known as the zhan ma dao 'horsecutter sabre' , which has a lighter blade and a ring at the end.
A podao is an infantryman's weapon, mainly used for cutting the legs off oncoming charging horses to bring down the riders. Known in Malay as a dap, it consists of a wooden shaft with a curved blade fashioned onto the end, and is similar in design to the Korean woldo. The elephant warrior used the ngao like a blade from atop an elephant or horse during battle. Originally a Viking weapon, it was adopted by the Anglo-Saxons and Normans in the 11th century, spreading through Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Sparth axe[ edit ] In the 13th century, variants on the Danish axe are seen. In Ireland, this axe was known as a Sparr Axe. Originating in either Western Scotland or Ireland, the sparr was widely used by the galloglass.Ahlspiess A polearm having a long needle like blade with a rondel hand guard.
It is basically a two handed mace with additional refinements such as spikes.
In the 4th century B. Late 2nd millennium—early 1st millennium BC. The either cutting or percussion. This may be contrasted with late 19th century skulls showing saber wounds against heads without the protection of helmets which show healing of the wounds indicating that they were not fatal.
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