It's with us only that they make battles. It is we who are the material of war. War is made up of the flesh and the souls of common soldiers only.
— Henri Barbusse, French author and World War I veteran, Under Fire
Despite being deceptively simple to make, a polearm was highly lethal, especially in the hands of well-trained users. Polearms combined the long reach of spears and shorter weapons, such as warhammers or swords to form a highly versatile anti-personnel weapon. Caesar's naval victory in north-eastern Gaul (present-day Brittany, France) was attributed to the use of billhooks which were used to slash the rigging of the elusive Veneti fleet, disabling the ships and granting the Romans (despite their use of more inferior vessels) north-western Gaul. In Northern Asia, Britain, Scandinavia, Central Europe and Italy, polearms were often the favourite weapons of various armies, because of their availability and were even used from horseback in China and Japan. Glaives appear to be popular in Eastern Europe, and for this reason, both Hungary and the Turks can recruit ethnic Vlachs proficient with this weapon to boost their troops.
- Basic light polearm infantry, slower and with less armour than normal swordsmen, but capable of dealing low splash damage, ideal against tight formations.
- While Fauchard Infantry have a melee attack that can shatter large groups of infantry, they have less armour and are much slower, so they are only effective against other infantry in large numbers.
- Vlach Levy — Glaives appear to be popular in Eastern Europe, and for this reason, ethnic Vlachs proficient with this weapon can be recruited by the three Eastern powers - Hungary, Turkey and Serbia - to boost their troops.