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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Halberd 1


Two-handed polearm weapon that came into prominent use between the 14th and 16th centuries. Halberds consist of an axe blade topped with a long spike and pointed beak at the rear of the blade.  Its versatility in battle made it a popular choice for arming infantrymen on the field: it has a concave blade for cutting, and spike with a quadrangular section for thrusting with its beak able to be used for grappling with calvalry.

Dean Castle
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East Ayrshire Council

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