Melee is probably the most original type of combat. Throughout history, armies develop ever more effective close combat weapons. In surprising experiments, weapons experts test the physical and psychological impact of the three most important melee developments of our time. The Roman short sword and the medieval war hammer aim most severe damages. But bayonets rely on the deterrent effect. An Exoskeleton gives superpowers to the soldier of the future. The future soldier – half man, half machine?