The Battle of Agincourt: Revisited

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The Battle of Agincourt
Many correctly regard the Battle of Agincourt as a courageous English victory, a battle where men who were tired, hungry and standing in their own diarrhoea somehow found the will to fight against an enemy almost five times larger, and won. The other common thought is also the battle was won by the use of the longbow. This is not true. The victory went to the English because of French mistakes and the men who were holding the longbows.

The French army made many mistakes on Friday, the 25th of October, 1415, but their first was taking on the English forces on the field 500 yards from the castle called Agincourt. The French were too arrogant to even think about where they were fighting the English, because of their massive advantages in numbers. Agincourt is a very narrow field and is in a funnel shape, so from the side that the French were on the field decreased from 730 metres down to 350 metres to where the English were standing. Unfortunately for the French, this meant that Agincourt was one of the few fields where they would be disadvantaged with more men if they charged. And charge they did. King Henry lured them into it by ordering his archers to unleash an arrow strike, and the French took the bait hook, line and sinker. They went into an all out charge with the cavalry and men at arms all sprinting at once to try and get the glory of drawing the first English blood. All the cavalry succeeded in doing was squeeze in too tightly, as the field funnelled in, to use their weapons.

Also due to the squeeze, some horses fell over, but when people or animals are packed in a tight bunch, if one horse or person falls over, a whole heap of people or animals fall over. This happened with the cavalry and the men-at-arms. However, the situation was worse for the men who were on the ground than it usually would be. This is because all of the Frenchmen who had participated in the brainless charge were in full armour and it takes 3 men to lift...
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