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Much more protective, the sallet features a visor which covers the face below the eyes, greatly reducing the targets presented to the enemy. However, the sallet greatly narrows the vision, breathing can become laborious, and hearing may even be difficult. To counter-act this, many sallets feature an articulated visor which may be raised by the wearer, so that they can see and breath, find their enemy, and bring the visor back down as they march into battle.

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The basic unit of armor was the padded jack or gambeson, a thick coat padded with wool, sometimes up to an inch thick. This padding could stop a glancing cut from a polearm or sidearm, but gave little resistance to a solid thrust.

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Where the padded jack was not the only armor present, the jack most often served as cushioning, both to make the armor more comfortable, and to absorb the concussive force of blows to the armor. Over the jack was warn the body armor. In the 15th century, mail was still known, but was rapidly giving way to steel plate armor. Mail was, generally, lighter than plate, and more flexible, but it did not offer as solid of a protection as steel plate, and was more susceptible to being pierced. The breastplate of a billman, the main body protection, was often of lower quality steel.

It offered protection by the thickness of the steel and the shape, usually rounded to deflect strikes away from the center. It was only in more finely crafted armors that the steel was of high enough quality to offer resiliency of its own, allowing the armor to be thinner and more finely fit to the body of the wearer.

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Protective as they were, breastplates did much in the way of inhibiting the movement of the wearer. A soldier wearing a breastplate would find he cannot bring his arms close over his chest, and cannot flex at the waist as much as he is used to. While it is quite possible to move and function well enough to fight in a breastplate, it can be especially limiting if you are not used to it, and it is more added weight to carry while fighting.

The 15th century soldier would have to keep all of these in mind alongside the prospect of marching into a bristling pile of polearms. A peasant billman would take whatever armor he could get, but the hands were usually the next place protected, if not even before the breastplate. A thick pair of leather gloves or a good pair of steel gauntlets would do wonders towards keeping your hands, which would often be a primary target for the enemy.

Spaulders would cover the shoulder and upper arm, and would usually be attached to armor for the neck known as the gorget. Armor for the legs was uncommon among infantry, for multiple reasons. Armor for the legs had to be particularly well-fitted to keep from hindering movement, and that was typically something a peasant soldier could not afford.

There were social factors as well. It was popular to wear close-fitting clothing on the legs, to show-off how well-muscled and fit you were, and even armor could not escape the clutches of fashion. If the lines failed or a soldier lost grip of his polearm, he had to be quick, and for this he needed a sidearm. Where hand bows took years of strength training crossbowmen could be trained in weeks, not only this but crossbows were quicker and had more power as they could release more kinetic energy, as a result crossbowmen could fire arrows quickly that could penetrate body Armour.

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Crossbowmen were very important to an army and the rank of commanding officer of the crossbowmen was a high ranking position. Medieval Knights really did have problems if they came up against the combined forces of Pikemen and Crossbowmen, the pikemen formations would stop horses in their tracks and the crossbow men could then fire their armour penetrating shots in rapid succession. Even more effective than crossbowmen were Longbowmen who could win a war against all odds such was their destructive force, you could think of longbowmen as the machine gunner of the Medieval Times, longbows allowed Longbow men to fire armour penetrating bodkin arrows over massive distances, over half a mile in properly trained hands, and they had the power to knock a heavy Knight off his horse.

An experienced longbowman could let off around 20 shots a minute. It is believed that the longbowmen killed over crossbowmen alone in that Medieval battle. In Medieval Times A lancer was a well trained and heavily armoured cavalryman who used a lance, they were similar to medieval knights, years of fighting helped them develop their skill and their armour was adapted to be more flexible and advanced.

Just like early Medieval Knights they were fearsome foes and fearless in battle.

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A well armed medieval army with infantry and longbowmen. Like Lancers Dragoons were also members of the Calvary. They were highly trained and skilful on a horse, the name Dragoon means mounted infantry. In Medieval Times Spanish Dragoons were fearless fighters that would ride into battle, but unlike many Medieval fighters on horseback they also carried light and easy to handle muskets which gave them awesome fighting capabilities. Calvary Archers were well trained and able to shoot an arrow with amazing accuracy whilst riding a horse at the same time.

Was a Medieval officer who was in charge of the army or garrison, the constable also was in charge of the army in the Kings absence so this was a very demanding and important role. Man in charge of twenty infantry in medieval England, these twenty would have been freeman not knights and were drafted into the army. A soldier who provided military service in return for land, A Yeoman most often owned land but could have been attendants or guards for example.

Foot soldiers were soldiers that fought on foot and were not mounted. There were different types of foot soldier as described above, a footsoldier was usually a person of military skill or experience who fought for a reward usually money for the medieval Lord. A sergeant would have been a loyal servant to the Lord and would go into battle for him, but was considered to be of a lower status than most trained and professional fighters and they would often be used as light Calvary, they often did menial jobs as well such as serving wine and making bow and arrows.

As we can see there was a wide range of Medieval Military men needed to be successful in battle, some would have been more important than others, but the most important thing was that all these different military men played their part and made the army as a whole an effective fighting force.