Forged in Fire: Top 5 Strongest Polearms in History Tested | History


Hey gang, Dave Baker. Today we’re going to talk about
some of my favorite pole arms featured on “Forged in Fire.” [music playing] Historically, the pole
arm is a standoff weapon. It keeps your
enemy the distance. You fight off enemy cavalry
and infantry, keeping them out of sword’s range. Now this beauty is
the German halberd. German halberd was used
starting in the 14th century consisting of an ax head, a
spear point, and a hooked back. It can be used to
chop an opponent, pull someone off a horse,
or push a ladder off a wall. Whew. It will kill. Now the name of
this weapon, halberd, comes from the German words
halm, meaning staff, and bart, meaning axe. Sounds brutal, Dave. You can still see
these halberds being used at ceremonial events. This is the glaive guisarme. Now a glaive is basically a
large sword blade on a pole. This is a widely used weapon
from the 13th and 14th century in Europe. Now the glaive gave
the ability to thrust as well as slash,
just like a pole. It can also be used to
push an object away. I’d say that’s pretty good. So glaives and weapons
like them were often used by second line troops. Standing behind the front
line or shield wall, you could reach over and stab
into your opponent’s line. This weapon is sharp. Thank you. This weapon is
the qinglong ji. Now the qinglong ji
is almost a marrying of a spear and a halberd. With this wavy blade for
thrusting and slashing, the hook for either hooking or
chopping into an opponent, that gave a warrior, a
certain amount of reach, but it wasn’t as long
as a lot of pole arms. The qinglong ji was a
costly blade to make. So it was often reserved
for palace guards or the upper echelon of the military. The qinglong ji was
a like, fast blade. And on the battlefield, if you
were facing a line of these, you weren’t moving forward. This weapon is the bardiche. The bardiche is a Russian weapon
from the 16th, 17th century, most famously used by a group
called the Streltsy, which were an elite musketeer group. Their heavy muskets were
laid across the axe’s blade to stabilize it. Once the musket was
fired, it could be dropped and the bardiche picked
up as troops charged. Nice. Right on, brother. These are a light,
well-designed weapons. Remember, on the
battlefield, you need the carry this with one
hand and a 16-pound musket in the other. That will really slow you down. Oh, ha, ha. It’s a light, fast deadly
weapon with a colorful history. This wild looking weapon
is the jumonji yari. The yari was used by Japanese
infantry in the 15th century either to fight off
other infantry units or mounted samurai. Geezus. The jumonji yari
or the trident yari is different than the standard
yari in that the standard yari just has a point. The jumonji with these
arms actually made it a better defensive weapon. On the 15th century
Japanese battlefield, this weapon was both
offense and defense.

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