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A bardiche (alternatively berdiche, long poleaxe), pronounced /bɑrˈdiːʃ/, is a type of polearm known in medieval and renaissance Europe, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia where it was used instead of the halberd.

Occasionally these weapons of such form were made in Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, but the regular and massive usage of the bardiche started in the late 14th century.

It was probably developed from the Scandinavian broad axe, but in Scandinavia it appeared only in the late 15th century. In the 16th century, the bardiche became a weapon associated with streltsy, Russian guardsmen armed with firearms.

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