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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.
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.
Body armors played completely integral role in the entire pre-gunpowder history of warfare. It’s presence on the battlefield was as commonplace as helmets of shields, and even after arrival of gunfire combat modern scientists and inventor devised new techniques and accessed new materials that can stop bullets.
Japan was the homeland of samurai, warrior cast that used elaborate armors made in very specific way. Here you can learn more about history of Japan, and the many forms of “Dō” armor they used between 4th and 19th century.