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A common tactic was to break the legs of the victim with a stout blow to the knees or shins, then finish the poor guy off with an over-head smash to the skull.
Notable appearance: Leatherface in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, uses a sledgehammer as a Maul to incapacitate one unlucky victim.
The primary idea behind these nasty implements is to be used as a trap which will render your foes immobile, or at least in great pain!
However, in times gone by, humane weapons were the last thing warriors were looking to wield.
Pain and maximum suffering were the order of the day, and the popularity of a weapon could be measured by its brutality. A weapon that scared the crap out of your enemy was a useful tool, as well as an empowering asset.
A single blow from a Maul is sufficient to shatter bones and cave in skulls, even when a helmet is worn.
The length of the handle allowed for the Maul to be wielded in two hands.
Today’s weapons of war are increasingly geared towards felling an enemy in as humane a way as possible, with high velocity firearms ensuring a quick death.