Shield Wall

Shield Wall

The wall, (Scildweall or Bordweall in Old English, Skjaldborg in Old Norse) is a military tactic that was common in many cultures in the Pre-Early Modern warfare age. There were many slight variations of this tactic among these cultures, but in general, a shield wall was a "wall of shields" formed by soldiers standing in formation shoulder to shoulder, holding their shields so that they abut or overlap. Each man benefits from the protection of his neighbour's shield, usually the man to his right, as well as his own.

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Battle Of Ryesgade - Second Day
... gear charged the western part of the barricades in a solid shield wall ... the police commanders ordered their men to form a shield wall and tried to push their way into the street ... police were carrying gas masks but it was impossible to don them without breaking their shield wall and thus exposing themselves to the incoming stones ...
Stahleck Castle - Architecture - Until 1689
... ward, from which entry to the castle was through a double-barred door in the northern shield wall, 8 m from the northwest corner ... The third entrance consisted of a small door in the outside wall of the southern outer ward, which was parallel to the ring wall and had a round ... Immediately inside the northern ring wall was a longish building with a stone residential building attached to its northern end ...
Stahleck Castle - Architecture - Today - Shield Wall and Main Entrance
... The castle is defended from the high hillside on the west by a chemise wall which has been fortified to form a shield wall 2.6 m thick ... reach as far as the roofed chemin de ronde at the top of the wall it is used to reach the upper floors of the 1930s tower building ... Their fishtail shape indicates that the wall dates to the first half of the 14th century ...
Shield Wall - Use in Modern Times
... largely obsolete as a military tactic due to firearms, a wall of riot shields remains a common formation for riot police worldwide ... Modern riot shields can not be designed to adequately provide ballistic protection against firearms while remaining light in weight, but can still protect the police ...

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