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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Halberd 2


Between the 14th and 16th centuries, the halberd was a popular choice in battle weaponry as it was cheap to produce and required little training in how to be wielded properly. 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, spike for thrusting and a beak to be used for grappling with calvalry.

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