In combat it was hard to identify knights wearing helmets. This meant that their bravery and skill might go unrecognised or that they might be attacked by their own side.
Knights used badges so people could see who they were. These were displayed on their helmets, surcoats and shields.
Explore the different shields and discover to whom they belonged and what they meant.
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The first modern rifle
The French 1886 8mm Lebel rifle was the first modern rifle, using smokeless powder in place of the older "gunpowder" and having a small bore.
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