Encyclopedia of historical weapons
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Encyclopedia of historical weapons

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Backsword
Also Mortuary sword or German Reitschwert. Has only one cutting edge (therefore its name). The non-cutting edge is…
Akinakes
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,…
Bayonet
At the end of the seventeenth century the French introduced the socket bayonet. This contained a sleeve fitting round the barrel and was locked…
Hasta
The hasta was the Roman trusting spear. It was carried by the units called triarii in Republic times. Marius military reforms made the pilum the…
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