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The Halberd and other European Polearms introduction to the pole arms of medieval Europe: from the simple pike through the halberd in its many. The Halberd and Other Polearms of the Late Medieval Period There is an aura about the sword in Europe, where it The polearm was a weapon of the. The halberd and other European pole arms, (Historical arms series ; no. 38). Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 1.

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As long as pikemen fought other pikemen, the halberd remained a useful supplemental weapon for push of pikebut when europeah position became more defensive, to protect the slow-loading arquebusiers and matchlock musketeers from sudden attacks by cavalrythe percentage of halberdiers in the pike units steadily decreased.

Some believed it comes from the late Han Era and supposedly used by the late Eastern Han Dynasty general Guan Yubut archaeological findings so far showed that Han dynasty armies were generally using straight single-edged blades, as curved blades came several centuries later.

Pole weapon – Wikipedia

Some dagger axes include a spear-point. Notes on Arms and Armor. From Earliest Times to the Present Day.

To add to this, we have various nineteenth century terminologies used by scholars. It consists of a dagger-shaped blade made of bronze or later iron mounted by the tang to a perpendicular wooden shaft: Treasures from the Tower of London: Variants include having rings along the length of the straight back edge as found in the nine-ring guan dao for use as distractions or entanglements for incoming enemy weapons, having the tip curl into a rounded spiral as in the elephant guan dao, or featuring a more ornate design as exemplified by the dragon head guan dao.


The German Landsknechtewho imitated Swiss warfare methods, also used the pike, supplemented by the halberd—but their side arm of choice was a short sword called the Katzbalger. The infantry regiment that accompanied Prince Rupert’s cavalry were armed: Their range and impact force made them effective weapons against armored warriors on horseback, because they could penetrate armor.

Pole weapon

Retrieved from ” https: Sat 25 Mar, 3: A fauchard is a type of pole arm which was used in medieval Europe pplearms the 11th through the 14th centuries. From AmlashGilanIran. Retrieved from ” https: Early forms are very similar in many ways to certain forms of voulgewhile 16th century and ppolearms forms are similar to the pollaxe.

Thanks for the link to the book pdf, Danny! Does anyone have any information or pics to share of the German Kriegsgertel?

The Halberd and other European Polearms 1300-1650

Surviving examples have a variety of head forms but there are two main variants, one with the side blades known halbere flukes or wings branching from the neck of the central blade at 45 degrees, the other with hooked blades curving back towards the haft. This made them the favored weapon of peasant levies and peasant rebellions the world over.

It was mounted with a tang and held in place with a pin or pins, rather than going over the shaft using a socket. The halberd consists of an axe blade topped with a spike mounted on a long shaft. A guisarme sometimes gisarmegiserne or bisarme was a pole weapon used in Europe primarily between — We must remember too that any particular weapon The Joseon government implemented rigorous training regimens requiring soldiers to be proficient with swordsmanship, and the use of the woldo.

The Encyclopedia of Warfare: It was used primarily to dismount knights and horsemen.


I have it and personally it is well worth the price of admission, even if it is a rather short book. Sometimes ueropean 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. Saint Halverd is often anachronistically depicted with a halberd to indicate the means of her martyrdom. Steves right it looks like a great intoduction to a vast subject.

Articles needing additional references from February All articles needing additional references Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers. At Nancy, it was a halberd that brought down Charles the Bold with a single blow that split his skull open. Wikimedia Commons has media related to halberds. Staff-weapons in Medieval or Renaissance England were lumped together under the generic term “staves” but when dealing with them in detail we are faced with terminological difficulty.

Unlike the Chinese with the guan dao, the Koreans found the woldo unwieldy on horseback, and thus, it was specifically tailored to the needs of infantrymen. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Usually it also had a sword-like guard tsuba between the blade and shaft.

The word halberd is most likely equivalent to the German word Hellebardederiving from Middle High German halm handle and barte battleaxe joint to helmbarte. While early designs were simply a hook on the end of a long pole, later designs implemented a small reverse spike on the back of the blade. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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