Shield FAQs:

Q: Is a shield a piece of personal armour held in the hand or mounted on the wrist or forearm?

A: Yes.

Q: Were shields decorated with a painted pattern or an animal representation to show their army or clan?

A: Yes.

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?

A: Yes.

Q: Are shields also called shields?

A: Yes.

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?

A: Yes.

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?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a shield a hoplon?

A: Yes.

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?

A: Yes.

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?

A: Yes.

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.