Premodern Weaponry and Armor

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== [[Body armor|Armor]] ==
 
== [[Body armor|Armor]] ==
 
*'''Helmets''': A helmet is a specialized hat that protects the wearer from head injury. Helmets can be made from cloth, leather or metal. Helmets made of modern materials remain in use today.
 
*'''Helmets''': A helmet is a specialized hat that protects the wearer from head injury. Helmets can be made from cloth, leather or metal. Helmets made of modern materials remain in use today.
*'''Shields''' Shields are hand-held barriers. Shields ranged in size from little larger than the hand to large barriers that could cover most of a human body. Shields were made out a variety of materials, including leather or cloth on wooden frames, wickerwork, wood, and metal. Shields were most effective when soldiers carrying them lined up into a shield wall. Shields could also be used offensively, generally to stun, disrupt, or disorient an enemy. Shields are still used today by riot control units.  
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*'''Shields''': Shields are hand-held barriers. Shields ranged in size from little larger than the hand to large barriers that could cover most of a human body. Shields were made out a variety of materials, including leather or cloth on wooden frames, wickerwork, wood, and metal. Shields were most effective when soldiers carrying them lined up into a shield wall. Shields could also be used offensively, generally to stun, disrupt, or disorient an enemy. Shields are still used today by riot control units.  
*'''[[Body armor|Body Armor]]''' Body armor made from various materials has been used throughout history, and body armor of modern materials continues to be used.
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*'''[[Body armor|Body Armor]]''': Body armor made from various materials has been used throughout history, and body armor of modern materials continues to be used.
**'''Cloth Armor''' Armor composed of quilted or padded textiles was used by various civilizations. This armor was cheap to make, but lacked in terms of durability. It was mostly used by primitive civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians and the Aztecs. It was also worn under plate armor to offer protection by cushioning impacts and by poor warriors during the late medieval period.
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**'''Cloth Armor''': Armor composed of quilted or padded textiles was used by various civilizations. This armor was cheap to make, but lacked in terms of durability. It was mostly used by primitive civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians and the Aztecs. It was also worn under plate armor to offer protection by cushioning impacts and by poor warriors during the late medieval period.
**'''Scale Armor''' The first type of metallic armor used, small plates of metal (or other material) were tied to cloth or leather to improve protection. This armor was fairly easy to make, but it was fairly easily damaged and heavy.
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**'''Scale Armor''': The first type of metallic armor used, small plates of metal (or other material) were tied to cloth or leather to improve protection. This armor was fairly easy to make, but it was fairly easily damaged and heavy.
**'''Chainmail''' Chainmail is composed of thousands of small interlocking rings.
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**'''Chainmail''': Chainmail is composed of thousands of small interlocking rings.
**'''Brigandine''' Brigandine is leather armor reinforced with small metal plates.
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**'''Brigandine''': Brigandine is leather armor reinforced with small metal plates.
**'''Plate Armor''' Plate armor is made from shaped plates of steel. Bronze plate armor was employed by the Greeks, but steel plate armor took some time to fully develop due to the complexity of its manufacture.
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**'''Plate Armor''': Plate armor is made from shaped plates of solid metal. Bronze plate armor was employed by the Greeks, but steel plate armor took some time to fully develop due to the complexity of its manufacture.
  
 
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