The Welsh Longbow of which these are NOT them (original ones stand almost as tall as the Archer), dominated the 100 year war against France..
The English army used them on mass, French used the Crossbow which did not have the range OR more importantly, could NOT be loaded as quickly..
English Archers trained (by LAW!) several hours each day to became devastatingly good, as it turned at at Agincourt..
The total size of the French army at Agincourt could have been as high as 50,000 men at arms, this included the cream of French nobility and knights.. Heavily armored on horseback..
The English.... approximately 1,500 men-at-arms and 7,000 longbowmen spread over a 750 yard line..
It was muddy, the French seeing victory charged, the knights racing towards the thin lines.. Then, at a vast distance away the Longbow men opened fire, thousands of steel tipped arrows rained down, the slaughter was almost total...
As the day wore on, the only French 'success of the day was an attack on the lightly protected English baggage train, treasure was taken and the Kings crown..
Henry had no men spare to keep prisoners so they were ordered killed..
Due to a lack of reliable sources it is impossible to give a precise figure for the French and English casualties. However, it is clear that though the English were outnumbered, their losses were far lower than those of the French. The French sources all give 4,000–10,000 French dead, with up to 1,600 English dead.
But a study shows that the true figure is more likely 450 English loses and French around 10.000!!!
The noblemen lost caused the French to fall apart, Paris fell.. Burgundy was taken by the English and remained so, for hundreds of years!
The French remain pissed off! The Memorial at the battlefield lists a pack of lies! They to this day refuse to believe they messed up SO bad!
Sorry but... You did!
Pics.. : Well check they pikeman in the bottom one.. Notice arrow hitting him in the neck, Armour or not he would have been very dead!
Taken at Festival Of History, Stamford..
Oct 21, 2012 6:08:44 pmby neiwil Homepage »
Bloody hell! they take this re-enacting serious, shot in the neck with a lonbow.Bugger that for a game of soldiers, I'm on the English side.
The reason darts was first made illegal in Britain was because men were playing that instead of practicing with their longbow....can't blame them really, on a soggy Saturday afternoon I'd rather be in the pub but I can't see 'mine host' being too happy with a load of archers letting loose in the snug.Then there'd be old Charley who comes in every day for half of stout, perforated like a tea bag (or a French knight).....charming!
Oct 21, 2012 9:01:49 pmby Tamarrion Homepage »
As I've heard it, the field at Agincourt was a muddy quagmire... but the French knights charged anyway, only to be bogged down in the mud. Very dumb move, and easy pickings for archers, especially longbowmen. As the saying goes, stupidity *should* be painful!
I think there was another battle, less lop-sided, where the longbow proved devastating. Crecy perhaps?
Oct 22, 2012 6:34:01 amby Maxidyne Homepage »
That's one hell of a history lesson mate and these re-enactments really bring it to life.
Not sure i'd want to be a Frenchman ao the receiving end of all those whooshing arrows.
I'd be in the pub with ter rest of the guys in the above comments :)
More of these if you have them oh and any Triumph Herald images you may have too lol.
Oct 22, 2012 6:12:08 pmby RodS Homepage »
Really cool shot, Rob! I can't even imagine the hell it must have been to be on the receiving end of a volley from those longbows. I wouldn't even care to be the fellow taking that shot in the neck - even with the (hopefully) soft-tipped arrows, that's gotta hurt!