ARMS AND AR­MOUR

The Mon­gols trav­elled swift and light, but were al­ways ready for bat­tle

History Revealed - - GENGHIS KHAN -

HEL­MET

In com­mon with other civil­i­sa­tions, Mon­gols wore rounded hel­mets as they de­flected ar­rows.

SILK SHIRT

Shirts made of silk were worn un­der the ar­mour. Ar­rows tended not to punc­ture silk, so it would wrap around an ar­row when a war­rior was hit, mak­ing it easier to re­move.

AR­MOUR

Most warriors fought as light cav­alry. Ar­mour would be made of hard­ened leather or iron, which weighed less and was more flex­i­ble than Euro­pean mail.

SABRE

Mon­gol swords were a slightly curved scim­i­tar, per­fect for slash­ing at­tacks and cut-andthrust com­bat.

STIR­RUPS

Me­tal stir­rups made it easier for Mon­gol warriors to twist in the sad­dle, so they could fire ar­rows in any di­rec­tion. This al­lowed them to use highly ef­fec­tive feigned re­treats.

MACE

Wield­ing a mace on horse­back was an­other deadly weapon. This elab­o­rately dec­o­rated ver­sion sug­gests it be­longed to a war­rior of high sta­tus.

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