Q: Is a shield a piece of personal armour held in the hand or mounted on the wrist or forearm? ¶
Q: Were shields decorated with a painted pattern or an animal representation to show their army or clan? ¶
Q: Are shields generally felt to be ceremonial rather than practical? ¶
A: Yes, for example the Yetholm-type shields of the Bronze Age, or the Iron Age Battersea shield.
Q: Are shields usually intended for two broadly distinct purposes? ¶
Q: Are shields also called shields? ¶
Q: Are shields normally transparent? ¶
A: Yes, and allowing full use of the shield without obstructing vision.
Q: Was a shield a protection device designed to block attacks by hand weapons? ¶
A: Yes, such as swords, axes and maces, or ranged weapons like sling-stones and arrows.
Q: Is a shield the bullet-resistant tactical shield? ¶
Q: Were shields made of wood? ¶
A: Yes, and animal hide, woven reeds or wicker.
Q: Are shields also sometimes mounted on vehicle-mounted weapons to protect the operator? ¶
Q: Is a shield a hoplon? ¶
Q: Are shields used to intercept specific attacks? ¶
A: Yes, and whether from close-ranged weaponry or projectiles such as arrows, by means of active blocks, instead of providing passive protection.
Q: Were shields made primarily from a wicker frame and then reinforced with leather? ¶
Q: Are shields most commonly used to block and push back crowds when the users stand in a "wall" to block protesters? ¶
A: Yes, and to protect against shrapnel, projectiles, molotov cocktails, and during hand-to-hand combat.
Q: Were shields made of metal, but wood or animal hide construction was much more common? ¶
A: Yes, wicker and even turtle shells have been used.
Q: Are shields typically manufactured from advanced synthetics such as Kevlar and are designed to be bulletproof? ¶
A: Yes, or at least bullet resistant.
Q: Was a shield held by a central grip or by straps that went over or around the user's arm? ¶
Q: Were shields made of relatively deep? ¶
A: Yes, and absorbent, wooden planking to protect soldiers from the impact of spears and crossbow bolts, others were thinner and lighter and designed mainly for deflecting blade strikes.
Q: Were shields made of several layers of laminated wood? ¶
A: Yes, and with a gentle curve in cross section.