This armour consists of a pot helmet, back and breast plates, tassets to protect the lower trunk and thighs and a gorget to guard the throat. A pikeman’s armour could weigh between 20 and 30 kg; many men abandoned it because of its weight. Around two-thirds of the men in a Civil War infantry regiment would have been armed with muskets, but the rest would have used a five-metre, steel-tipped pike. Pikemen played an important role in protecting musketeers from enemy cavalry – no horse would charge onto the closely-packed points of their pikes.
Project: 6. Under a cloak of terror: violence and armed conflict in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Image
Source: National Army Museum, Battle gallery
Owner: Porto group (Modernalia)
Identifier: NAM. 1996-07-279-3
Copyright: National Army Museum Copyright