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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The Halberd and other European Polearms 1300-1650

Early forms are very similar in many ways to certain forms of voulgewhile 16th century and later forms are similar to the pollaxe. Ewart Oakeshott has proposed an alternative description of the polerams as a crescent shaped ohter axe. A Guan dao or Kwan tou is a type of Chinese pole weapon.

Thanks for the information So what’s the different between the Kriegsgertel, Kriegssense, Kriegshippe and Kriegssichel? Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

The blade bore a moderate to strong curve along its length; however, unlike a bill or guisarme, the cutting edge was on the convex side. Saint Wiborada is often anachronistically depicted with a halberd to indicate the means of her martyrdom. Looks very similar to a glaive. Another possible association is with the “three-grayned staff” [18] listed as being in the armoury of Henry VIII in [19] though the same list also features 84 rawcons, suggesting the weapons were not identical in 16th century English eyes.

As long as pikemen fought other pikemen, the halberd remained a useful supplemental weapon for push of pikebut when their 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.


A glaive is a pole arm consisting of a single-edged tapering blade similar in shape to a modern kitchen knife on the end of a pole. It was the favoured weapon for men-at-arms fighting on foot into the sixteenth century. This is similar to the pollaxe of 15th century.

The dagger-axeor gee Chinese: Though the weapon saw frequent use in ancient China, the use of the dagger-axe decreased dramatically after the Qin and Han dynasties. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There never seems to have been a clear definition of what was what; there were apparently far fewer staff-weapons in use than there were names to call them by; and contemporary writers up to the seventeenth century use these names with abandon, calling different weapons by the same name and similar weapons by different names.

The Renaissance saw a plethora of different varieties.

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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. It was originally used by the medieval Shilla warriors. Thanks for the link to the book pdf, Danny!


Besides, historical accounts of the Three Kingdoms era had several specific records of Guan Yu thrusting his opponents down probably with a spear-like pole arm in battles, instead of cutting them down with a curved-blade.

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Eventually weapon makers incorporated the usefulness of the hook in a variety of different pole arms and guisarme became a catch-all for any weapon that included a hook on the blade. This made them the favored weapon of peasant levies and peasant rebellions the world over.

Fri 24 Mar, 9: Eropean Ji combines the dagger axe with a spear. Another modern term used for particularly ornate-bladed corseques is the chauve-souris. This can be due to a number europexn factors, including uncertainty in original descriptions, changes in weapons or nomenclature through time, mistranslation of terms, and the well-meaning inventiveness of later experts.

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It was used primarily to dismount knights and horsemen. European Weapons and Armour. In the 13th century, variants on the Danish axe are seen.

The design consisted of a curved blade put atop a 6-tofoot-long 1.