Sunday, 25 October 2015
And Gentlemen in England now a bed....
Today is the Feast Day of St Crispin. It is also the six hundred anniversary of the victory of Henry V over the French at Agincourt. An English Army of about 5000 defeated around 12000 French* The French were predominately mounted heavy cavalry while the English- and Welsh - were Longbowmen.. It was a battle which presaged other battles in the future, where well disciplined, outnumbered British defeated a larger army by firepower, The "Thin Red Line".**
* The figures vary depending on the historian
** consider Rorke's Drift, the 93rd at Balaclava, Guards at Waterloo, 20th (Lancs Fusiliers) at Minden, Quebec.
see here for the cinema version by Kenneth Branagh