How to participate in the HMB World Championships “Battle of the Nations”?
Frequently Asked Questions – HMBIA Presidium: You can take part in “Battle of the Nations” in several ways and play different roles. First of all, you can get to the Championship as a fighter of the National Team of your country. For that, you have to go through qualifying tournaments and qualify for the main […]
20 Aug 2014 11:31
What is “Battle of the Nations”?
Frequently Asked Questions Battle of the Nations is the biggest festival of historical reenactment of the Middle Ages, within which the World Championship in historical medieval battle is held. It’s a new and unique cultural and sporting movement. HMBIA (Historical Medieval Battle International Association) has been successfully holding Battle of the Nations for 5 years. […]
19 Aug 2014 13:27
Selection of armor. How to start?
Frequently Asked Questions – HMBIA Authenticity Committee: Historical medieval battle is a collective sport. Few novices are capable of choosing a good set of armor. Usually beginners rely on the views of their more experienced mates. However, it’s not nice to put all the responsibility on the friends, a person has to make at least […]
18 Aug 2014 12:15
Ilyas Vyshutin, Ukraine: “Anthem of Ukraine played on bagpipes is better than an energy drink!”
  Our National Team had a nice support group at “Battle of the Nations”! We saw the Ukrainian flag in the stands, and the Ukrainian national anthem played on bagpipes was better than an energy drink. I know that the support group was organized by Konstantin Parkhomenko, and we’re grateful for that! Guys from the […]
18 Aug 2014 10:10
Importance of authenticity will increase
In previous years the Committee was quite loyal to a non-compliance of sets to documentary sources. Also, there was a rule of the first year, when no harsh sanctions were applied to a new national team (the only exception was when the discrepancies were vast). Registration for “Battle of the Nations”-2015 will begin earlier, about […]
15 Aug 2014 09:09
A borderline between historicity and aesthetics
Frequently Asked Questions – HMBIA Authenticity Committee: New national teams can get advice from HMBIA. The Authenticity Committee has a group on Facebook ( which contains a lot of materials and people can ask questions about their armor. There is a significant number of sets, especially European ones, which are authentic and aesthetic, and offer […]
14 Aug 2014 11:22
Igor Cosic, Serbia: “Our greatest victory is not that over our opponents but over ourselves”
This year Team Serbia has finally came to HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations”-2014! This was result of our common effort and… sacrifice, and fulfillment of our wish… And it was great! Much better than we hoped! As every new team we had a lot of problems along the way. But I`m glad that […]
14 Aug 2014 11:16
Authenticity desire, or what is better – complete historicity or buhurt optimization?
Frequently Asked Questions – HMBIA Authenticity Committee: This is a rather controversial issue, and discussions on this topic will be continuous, because if we want to practise sport, there will be things that are more adapted for the sport then, one way or another. For example, a bascinet with a peak, which, in general, is […]
13 Aug 2014 16:14
Edouard Eme, France: “We realize that next year we will start the competition among the veteran teams, so we can’t take the risk to send beginners”
I think the organization was better than usual, with good coordination and communication. Unfortunately we came with a very small team, but we are satisfied with our results. We won all our fights with big scores on the first day, and defeated two Polish teams (Poland 2 and 3). Winning the award for a team […]
13 Aug 2014 11:12
Authenticity in historical reenactment and its relation to the HMBIA rules
Frequently Asked Questions – HMBIA Authenticity Committee: Authenticity of armor is a historical proof of every element of armor, presence of any supporting evidence, for example archaeological finds, preserved artifacts, engravings, images – anything that confirms that an element really existed. In addition, if it is not a material object, but, for example, an engraving, […]
12 Aug 2014 12:10
Rob McIntyre, New Zealand: “We’ve got experience to share”
This year our national team has got maximum experience participating in different tournaments. Two our fighters and me planned a grand trip to Europe and European tournaments. And we made our plans come true! In addition to the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations”-2014, we participated in a tournament in Austria (Austrian Cup), and […]
12 Aug 2014 11:05
The most popular armor in HMBIA and the reason for that
Frequently Asked Questions – HMBIA Authenticity Committee: The most popular kits are those relating to Western Europe of about XVth century. Their popularity is explained by the fact they were for foot warriors (in contrast to the “Russian” armor, which were mainly for mounted men). European armor offers good protection of joints, namely elbows, knees, […]
11 Aug 2014 11:03
Juri Lönn, Finland: “We united and worked as a single unit”
This year, our team was not able to arrive with a support group, and it was difficult without those guys. We knew that we would need both moral and physical support, knew that our fighters would need someone to help them with putting on armor, bringing water… Unfortunately, we had too little time before the […]
11 Aug 2014 10:01
Darren Glendinning, UK: “Our support team was great at the event”
Our support team was great at the event, all our fighters supported each other as squires and we had friends and fans helping with many small tasks such as water carrying and care of fighters. Their efforts were very important for the Team. I had few fans before going to Croatia, most are friends or […]
08 Aug 2014 16:58
Dave McNaughton, Scotland: “In the end we ended up with a lot of friends and supporters of Scotland”
When Scotland went to Battle of the Nations we took a small team, only 5 fighters with 1 support. We realised quickly the level of support we actually required during the fights. We were lucky to have great friends from the national teams of Luxembourg, Croatia and Australia who helped to get us ready and […]
07 Aug 2014 16:56
Valy Wainer, Argentina: “I decided to become a marshal. And I did that!”
I have been in the movement of historical reenactment for about 5 years, I practised archery, but then HMB attracted me a lot. Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons I can`t fight. That’s why I looked for another way to be a part of the movement. I decided to become a marshal. And I […]
07 Aug 2014 15:55



1st-4th July
Oradea Fortress, Romania