FC: ANGLO-SAXON WEAPONS AND WARFARE BY MICHAEL ROGERS
1: The Anglo-Saxons were originally from the area that is modernly known as Germany. The Saxons went on conquest for authority, power, and wealth. At the beginning of their campaign they had become very successful. By 450-475 they had a foot hold on Britain. Gradually the Saxons gained territory until 700 A.D. This was the end of Anglo-Saxon conquest.
2: During the Saxon's conquest they would use shields, mail, helmets and a variety of weapons.
3: In the Dark Ages the Saxons would use round shields to protect the soldier from fatal blows from swords and spears to the impact of a projectile. Saxon shield were made of linden wood and leather was usually applied to the shields to make it stronger. The shield wall was effective at the battle of Hastings. Even calvary charges were mere useless against the power of the round shield.
4: Mail was the armour that was used by the Anglo-Saxons during their conquest. To create the mail thin strips of iron from drawing iron wire through a draw plate, and winding it around a cylindrical former. The links would finally be compressed so the ends would overlap.
5: Bearing the mail would stop the ends of most used weapons against the Anglo-Saxons. One bad side was that they didn't stop crushing effects.
6: On ground assaults the Saxons would use mainly spears and scramseaxs, which was a single edged weapon that about every soldier had. The swords were actually not very common on the battlefield. The sword was a prestigous weapon that has handed down from generation to generation. Some times the sword was were gifts from great warriors or kings.
7: While performing aerial attacks the Saxon army of disperse a rain of arrows and javelins the would kill the enemy from far distances.
8: The armour that would be worn on the head was called the helmet. Some helmets had mail attached to the sides. The goals of the helms were to deflect blows or withstand blows completely.
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