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Plate armor is one some of the most popular and influential armor type ever created. It was extensively used from the time it was first created around 3500 years ago in the Bronze Age to the 19th century when gunpowder warfare sounded the end of the era of metal armors.
From the moment gunpowder managed to propel bullets that can pierce though most commonly worn metal armors, worldwide inventors jumped to the opportunity to find new materials, techniques and designs that could help soldiers and law enforcement agencies to withstand direct bullet and shrapnel hits.
China was a military leader of Asian continent, responsible for creation and popularization of many armor types that spread to their neighboring territories. Here you can find out about turbulent history of China and personal armor gear they used.
Helmets were integral part of soldier gear from the moment first organized armies were created so many thousand years ago by our first civilizations to today when gun and artillery combat rules the battlefields. Here you can learn more about history of combat helmets.