Arms and armour were used in battles for hundreds of years.
For thousands of years people have used arms and armour when fighting wars. Arms, or hand weapons, are used to attack other people. They are weapons that can be carried by a single person. Armour is used for defence – it is used to stop weapons from causing injury or death. At first arms and armour were very simple, but over the years they changed to become more complex and effective. Sometimes a new type of armour or weapon can have a dramatic impact. At the Battle of Lechfield in 955 the Germans crushed the much larger army of Magyars because they were wearing heavier types of armour and carried new weapons.
from 100 Things You Need to Know about Arms and Armour by Rupert Matthews. Buy your copy HERE