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by Charlotte and David Yue

Armor and War

Pictures of knights in heavy suits of metal armor are familiar to most people. These suits of armor were once an essential part of the equipment used in war. Yet armor has taken many different froms through the centuries. Think about the purpose of armor and the reasons it has changed. Then answer the questions below.

1. List two advantages suits of metal armor gave to knights in battle.

2. List two disadvantages to wearing armor of this kind.

3. Why do you think people going into war stopped wearing the kind of armor that knights wore? Were there any changes in the way battles were fought that might have made such armor less useful?

4. Write down items of armor that are still in military or police use today. Return to Previous Page

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