Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Boss

Also umbo. The round shaped piece of metal at the center of a shield. Protects the hand.

Encyclopedia of historical weapons

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A horizontal bow set at 90 degrees to the tiller and spanned by mechanical means. Originally made of horn, wood, and sinew, the bowstave was later…
A term used in preference to 'suit' when talking of a complete armour.
A polearm common to German-speaking areas, particularly used by the Swiss and Habsburgs: the wooden shaft is relatively short, and the weapon is…
The Akinakes was a characteristic Persian sidearm. It was short in length but could be used for both cut and thrust. It is of Scythian origin,…

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