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Just to add a note about cannons: shrapnel is a very common source of injury -- be it wood splinters, bone, rocks, or metal shards from the shell. Therefore even a thin armour plate will protect against it.

Just to add a note about cannons: fragmentation is a very common source of injury -- be it wood splinters, bone, rocks, or shrapnel from the shell -- link, graphic images of wounds. This could have impacted the desire to wear armour. However, wikipedia and Body Armor: Cuirass and Helmet seem to indicate that fragmentation/shrapnel was not a factor at all in wearing armour.

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Just to add a note about cannons: shrapnel is a very common source of injury -- be it wood splinters, bone, rocks, or metal shards from the shell. Therefore even a thin armour plate will protect against it.