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Road to Crecy 1346 – Battle of Blanquetaque Ford

Jan 26th, 2009 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

The feudal Frenchmen, having never encountered the longbow before, were staggered by the vast numbers of casualties caused by an enemy who was still so far away as to be out of crossbow range. They stood and watched clouds of arrows rising into the sky and then plunging into their ranks hitting them in the thighs and shoulders at steep angles. The peasantry and militia turned and ran leaving the wounded to the mercy of the pikemen, and the nobility to face the blades of their English counterparts.



Road to Crecy 1346 – Battle of Oisemont

Jan 19th, 2009 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

The key statement in contemporary descriptions of the battle is that the French “advanced” on the English. This would imply that potentially they did not give the English army any time to deploy into line. Factoring this into your game plan could make for an interesting scenario – reversing the normal situation of French columns advancing into an arc of fire from a steady English line.



Road to Crecy 1346 – Campaign March to the Somme

Dec 29th, 2008 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

Before long, the raiding army gained a reputation for terror, pillage, rape, murder, and arson, which then preceded their route. It was this reputation that led to the immediate and uncontested surrender of Barfleur and then Cherbourg. Only the pleading of d’Harcourt prevented the complete destruction of Caen.