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comment Which arm was the shield held in?
Further, you really need to use your dominant hand for the weapon. Trying to hit hard enough to do damage or kill with the off hand is quite hard - you can hit almost equally with your fist, but you run into dexterity and aim issues very quickly with any weapon. Plenty of fighting styles used no shield at all.
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answered How did Medieval Armies survive the use of mail armor in the deserts of the Middle East?