Weird History

11 Historical Armies That Fought Completely Naked

Even if armor seems like a good idea for warriors heading into battle, some don't believe that it's necessary. In fact, there have been plenty of naked armies in history. The ancient Greeks had their dudes strip down before they fought in boxing and wresting matches, in line with the general nudity of the gymnasium. Similarly, the people of the Nuba Mountains in modern Sudan often wrestle naked as a sacred practice. 

There were some warriors who fought nude for religious or psychological reasons. Berserkers hailing from Scandinavian cultures honored their god by stripping completely - they also freaked out their opponents by going commando. Over the generations, there has been lots of nudity in combat.