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Armor, Armory, Knights, Suits of Armor -

To say that the silver screen has a way of exaggerating things is like saying water is wet. People dodge bullets, one man can lay out thirty, and armored knights move with ballet-like elegance. In this post, we will deliberate on the last point. In reality, how effective was full-body medieval armor? Was the make so concerned with safety that movement was compromised? Perhaps yes. There is a likelihood that these battle suits did more harm than good. The armor may have sparkled regally and staved off arrows but the soldier protected by it did not quite move with the...

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Spartan, Spartan Warrior -

If you were born a male in Sparta about 2500 years ago, you had no real chance to choose a profession. One profession chose all boys. That profession was the life of a soldier. Unlike Athens, which encouraged the “finer” aspects of life, such as arts and philosophy, the ethos of Sparta revolved around the warrior culture (in other words, the over-the-top machismo that runs through the movie 300 may not be an exaggeration after all). Spartan males started the journey to warriorhood as early as seven years of age, when they had to enrol into the Agoge. If you...

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American Civil War, American Revolution, Confederate, Slavery, Union, United States of America -

The following are seven interesting facts that you may or may not know about the American Civil War. Fact 1: The American Civil War was also known as the “The War Between the States.” The war was fought between the United States of America (Union) and the Confederate States of America (Confederacy). The latter was a collection of 11 southern states that left the Union in 1860 and 1861 and formed their own republic. The Confederacy wanted to protect their states’ rights and the institution of slavery. In 1865, after four years of battle, the Union overcame the Confederacy and...

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Medieval Swords, Swords, Viking Swords -

It is difficult to picture a medieval soldier without his sword. Of course, his armor was of great importance to him. So was his spear. And his shield. And his helmet. But there is something about a sword that seems to complete a knight. It was more than a weapon. The sword was an extension of his arm, a part of his being. Below, we take a quick look at some of the swords that were popular during the medieval period. The Arming sword (or the Knightly sword) was a single-handed cruciform sword popular from the 11th to the 14th...

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American Civil War, Civil War Clothing -

The two sides of the American Civil War are often known by the color of their uniforms – blue for the Union and gray for the Confederates. But, why use these specific colors? One theory is that old hunters and Native American fighters before the Civil War wore blue or light gray clothes, for strategic reasons. These colors helped to not stand out from a distance. This tradition was carried over to the Civil War. Since the Union’s regulation color was already blue, the Confederates picked gray. The Union uniform comprised a dark blue wool coat with light blue trousers...

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