history of pole-axe
Posted 02 April 2005 - 07:35 AM
I only know Xu Huang and Yue Fei got used them.....
But did the Xia?
or during the Warring States used them?
how about Ming and Qing?
Do u have the examples of pole-axes...?
Posted 02 April 2005 - 10:56 AM
But bronze battle-axes with long hafts were popular in the Shang and Zhou periods, before falling out of favour compared to the jian (sword).
An early improvised use of the pole-axe: The Revolt of the Mighty Men in 349. After the Later Zhao ruler Shi Hu executed his own Crown Prince Shi Xuan for plotting to overthrow him in 348, the 10,000 elite Mighty Men (gaoli zhi shi) from Shi Xuan's bodyguard were exiled to Liangzhou in the northwest. But on the way to their place of exile, they rebelled and headed back east towards Luoyang, killing all government officials who stood in their way and incorporating surrendered soldiers into their army. At first, they had no weapons, so they seized axes from the villages and tied them to long poles. According to the dynastic history, when they wielded these pole-axes in battle, they "fought like gods cavalry forces of the Qiang leader Yao Yizhong and the Di leader Fu Hong, who were serving Shi Hu.
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