Armour has been through major changes over the centuries as technology develops and the art of warfare evolves. Modern warfare has established a very different requirement for defence armour. They have introduced lightweight materials; chain mail and metal body armour has been replaced by bullet resistant vests made of Kevlar or Dyneema fibers.
The shield has also evolved during the centuries, it has been made from wood, animal hide, wicker, bronze and iron. 21st century shields are lightweight protection devices made from transparent, high-impact polycarbonate. The transparency allows the user to see incoming objects.
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