Phalangist's shield

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Phalangist's shield

Postby the_power on Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:34 am

Hey...just wondering. How does one hold a shield when holding a 4 or 5 meter long spear ?

I assume it was held around the neck on a guige strap, maybe strapped to a forearm or elbow ?

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Re: Phalangist's shield

Postby Leinsterman on Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:04 pm

Good question. As you know John in Medieval warfare sometimes the front line was shield wall and second line held spears over the top of the front line. A few of our lads practised this in a Norman shield wall drill and it works well. The spears were a bit shorter but I imagine the technique would be similar for Greek/ Macedonian warriors. The warrior would have to be massively strong to use the long spear effectively in any thrusting movement onehanded. Maybe they were!
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Re: Phalangist's shield

Postby the_power on Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:11 pm

I don't think it's a matter of holding a spear with one hand. I think it's that the front rank have a shield that they can hold while both hands are on the spear.

I've done vike shield work before with a shield over my back, so I can swap from spear to sword & shield quickly. not sure how I could hold a 10ft spear and shield though. it's worth trying....likely only possible with a smallish shield and serious cover from the guy behind you.
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Re: Phalangist's shield

Postby gaius marius on Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:36 pm

In short The Phalangist's shield was held by a strap over the soulder and a Leather loop so you you could hold both shield and your 18 foot pike

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