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Battle of the Nations - 20 June 2014
Swords clashed and armour clanged as Croatia played host to “Battle of the Nations,” an annual sporting event which sees participants dress up in medieval-style gear and fight.

Bouts are not mere reenactments, but full-contact affairs in which winners and losers are determined in various categories by the number of blows they deliver, or whether they can make their opponents fall to the floor.
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Helmets, suits of body armour and a sword are seen among other items in a pile on the ground during the...
Helmets, suits of body armour and a sword are seen among other items in a pile on the ground during the Battle of the Nations World Championship in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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June 14, 2014
A man cleans his gear during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south...
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Man cleans his gear during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir
A man cleans his gear during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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June 14, 2014
A woman speaks to a man dressed as a knight before he fights in the Battle of the Nations World Championship...
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Woman speaks to a man dressed as a knight before he fights in the Battle of the Nations World Championship...
A woman speaks to a man dressed as a knight before he fights in the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man blows a bull horn during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south...
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Man blows a bull horn during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir
A man blows a bull horn during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A combination picture shows men dressed as knights posing for a photo during the Battle of the Nations...
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Combo photo of men dressed as knights posing for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship...
A combination picture shows men dressed as knights posing for a photo during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A woman dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Woman dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A woman dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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June 14, 2014
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
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Man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight poses for a picture during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir,...
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Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir...
Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A woman smokes a pipe during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south...
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Woman smokes a pipe during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir
A woman smokes a pipe during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir,...
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Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir...
Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents are participating in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight watches a fight as another in a kilt walks past during the Battle of the Nations...
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Man dressed as a knight watches a fight as another in a kilt walks past during the Battle of the Nations...
A man dressed as a knight watches a fight as another in a kilt walks past during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Men dressed as knights warm up during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir,...
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Men dressed as knights warm up during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir...
Men dressed as knights warm up during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir,...
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Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir...
Men dressed as knights fight during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A man dressed as a knight celebrates his victory during the Battle of the Nations World Championship...
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Man dressed as a knight celebrates his victory during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament...
A man dressed as a knight celebrates his victory during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. About 25 national teams from five continents participated in the Battle of the Nations, a full-contact historical medieval battle. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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