For instance, the small armour plate that protected the front and back of an infantryman, from the days of the Etruscans, through to the Roman republic – the bronze Cardiophylax armour has echoes in modern tactical vests.
Small-arms protective inserts (S.A.P.I.) – These are ballistic, ceramic plates, slipped into body armour’s pockets. They dramatically increase the vest’s protective value (While a Kevlar vest protects against pistol rounds and shrapnel, with the added SAPI plates even rifle rounds can be reduced to non-lethal effect).
Actually why am I surprised? The human body hasn’t changed much in 3,000 years; the consideration of protecting the vital organs (central chest area) is still the same. But the fact that it’s a big square slightly convex plate, just like the really early examples of body armour… that’s fascinating.
Dan Shadrake – Portals to the Past Team
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