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 infantry regiment that accompanied Prince Rupert’s cavalry were armed: Usually it also had a sword-like guard tsuba between the blade and shaft.

Pole weapon

The dagger-axeor gee Chinese: 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. Views Read Edit View history. This is similar to the pollaxe of 15th century. I actually have the printed book, not the pdf, however from what I can tell the pdf is the entire book.

The halberd has been used as a court bodyguard weapon for centuries, and is still the ceremonial weapon of the Swiss Guard in the Vatican [9] and the Alabarderos Halberdiers Company [10] of the Spanish Royal Guard. We must remember too that any particular weapon The Ji combines the dagger axe with a spear. The German Landsknechtewho imitated Swiss warfare methods, also used the pike, polesrms by the halberd—but their side arm of choice was a short sword called the Katzbalger.

The halberd consists of an axe blade topped with a spike mounted on a long shaft. In other polearrms Wikimedia Commons.

Their range and impact force made them effective weapons against armored warriors on horseback, because they could penetrate armor. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Treasures from the Tower of London: 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 woodthereby extending the user’s effective range and striking power.


The poleaxe emerged in response to the need for a weapon that could penetrate plate armour and featured various combinations of an axe-blade, a back-spike and a hammer. Illustrations in the 13th century Maciejowski Bible show a short staffed weapon with a long blade used by both infantry and cavalry.

Sun 26 Mar, 6: The problems with precise definitions can be inferred by a contemporary description of Royalist infantry which were engaged in the Battle of Birmingham during the first year of English Civil War in the early modern period. Medieval Warfare Source Book Vol. The ji resembles a Chinese spear with a crescent blade attached to the head, as sort of an axe blade.

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 Halberd and other European Polearms 1300-1650

Steves right it looks like a great intoduction to a vast subject. Originating in either Western Scotland or Ireland, the sparr was widely used by the galloglass.

Looks very similar to a glaive. Were they all peasant weapons invented during the Bauernkriege? This page haoberd last edited on 29 Novemberat In the 14th century, the basic long axe gained an armour piercing spike on the back and another europen the end of the haft for thrusting. Early forms are very similar in many ways to certain forms of voulgewhile 16th century and later forms are similar to the pollaxe.


The halberd was the primary weapon of the early Swiss armies in the 14th and early 15th centuries.

Page 1 of 1. The blade is very deep and curved on its face; this resembles a Chinese saber or Dao.

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There is a rare variant type with a divided two-part head, consisting of the usual straight blade and a scythe-like blade. The halberd all but disappeared as a rank-and-file weapon in these formations by the middle of the sixteenth century, though Hakluyt ‘s ‘Voyages’ relate the death of a halberdier named Zachary Saxy halbers a German in fighting on the coast of Ecuador during Cavendish ‘s circumnavigation in The halberd consists of an axe blade topped with a spike mounted on a long shaft.

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. The Renaissance saw a plethora of different varieties. Ewart Oakeshott has proposed an alternative description of the weapon as a crescent shaped socketed axe.

The Halberd and other European Polearms

In the words of the arms expert Ewart Oakeshott. The halberd was usually 1.

A pu dao is an infantryman’s weapon mainly used for cutting the legs off oncoming charging horses to bring down the riders. From AmlashGilanIran. To add to this, we have various nineteenth century terminologies used by scholars. Sometimes double-bladed with 2 crescent blades on opposing sides of the spearhead. Some dagger axes include a spear-point.