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Armor and Shields

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Parent Category: Military Equipment
The shield is a defensive military equipment used in medieval times. It can be used to block and defend against other weapons such as swords, axes and arrows. However, after the invention on firearms, shields were not as reliable and are not as common.
A shield is a physical item used for a physical defense of a person. A coat of arms is a symbol representative of a person, family, or a country. However, in many languages, the word for shield and coat of arms are the same (such as Spanish - escudo) and most nobles would emblazon their coat of arms…
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Stainless steel, as pointed out above, was developed in the early 20th century. Ordinary steel did exist in antiquity. The Romans used steel from Noricum (part of present day Austria), to make swords. Steel is not well suited for armour because it is too hard. However, steel was involved in the maki…
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Samurai armour (like all armour) was designed to prevent injuries from various weapons. No warrior was ever perfect and sometimes would let a strike get past their defence, which could easily be lethal. Armour meant a warrior could occasionally make a mistake and not pay so dearly for it. Additional…
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That varies with the type of tank, model, and the location. Frontal armor can be very thick (feet), side or rear armor is usually thinner (inches) because it is more likely to be hit in the front than the sides or rear. The armor is also angled to deflect rather than absorb the energy of the shells.…
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Roman helmets, the galea or cassis, varied significantly over time and between different types of military units. It is thought that originally they were influenced by the helmets of the Etruscans. The Romans then, still in the early days, adopted the bronze helmets of the Greeks. Later the design o…
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