Schlechten Krieg

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Hans Holbein

1497-1543

painter, draftsman, printmaker and designer

Schlechten Krieg

"Bad War"


Pen on paper

Grafische Sammlung Albertina

Vienna | Austria

Swiss and Landsknecht soldiers engage in the exceptionally-fierce hand to hand combat known as "bad war." The long spear shafts are their pikes, which became awkward to handle if the push of pike became too disorganized. In that case, halberds and swords became the deadliest weapons. Engraving by Hans Holbein the Younger. [Wikipedia]