Can javelins pierce plate?

Jun 2019
29
Southeast Asia
#11
This is the 15th century Gothic armor measurement I mention before.

Armor Europe Medieval Gothic Armor in Wallace Armory measurement 1.jpg

Armor Europe Medieval Gothic Armor in Wallace Armory measurement 2.jpg

It is relatively thin compared to later plate armor.

This is an early Greenwich cuirass from a 1527 which could be armor for Henry VIII. Look at the hole in the middle of the cuirass.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...nd_(reigned_1509–47)_MET_LC-19_131_1h-018.jpg

Compared to the one from 1586 armor of George Clifford.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...5),_Third_Earl_of_Cumberland_MET_DP299017.jpg

Not only it is thicker, but it is also angled more acutely which would make it harder to penetrate due to its diagonal thickness and also increasing the chance to deflect an attack.


In conclusion, javelin with its short range, human powered throw and widespread usage of shields and full body armor after the Greco-Roman period is unlikely to be used because it can penetrate armor, but probably because it is cheap and easier to use than a bow and easier to make than a crossbow.
 

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