Tail would cause some troubles: should the tail be armored or not? If yes, there should be a hole in the armor for it and the entrance should be well armored so it won't be easily cut off. This would decrease it's dexterity, as the armor has it's weight and is not flexible.
Because of a tail, humans would balance their body weight in a different way, probably using the tail itself, which also has it's weight, so sudden lost of a tail, or having some part of it cut off, wouldn't be something you wouldn't care of.
If we decided not to cover the tail, it becomes vulnerable and if you fall on your back, which happens pretty often during a fight, you may crush it or break it (your body + body armor + force of impact), as it's not very thick.
The most common use of the tail would be in hand-to-hand combat. Maybe it could be use by archers, but I can't really see how (passing the arrows?).
Since the tail is about 1,5m and starting from the top of our butt, it's potential reach while attacking an enemy in front of you would be slightly longer than your arms reach. Any slashes wouldn't be practical, because it's very light and not that strong + oppontents have armor.
Since the tail would be used to balance the body, it should be used in brief, quick attacks, so attaching a blade and using the tail as a sting would be possible. Main problem would be how to attach the blade to the top of the tail (if it's armored it wouldn't be much problem though).
I'm not sure how your humans would use the tail for balance, but let's assume not using it would be difficult to move around. There isn't much space in the battlefield when two opposing armies clash, so this could cause balancing problems.