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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 Abbeville

Jan 12th, 2009 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

That the English were trounced at Abbeville and chased from the field, therefore indicates they used the longbow from horseback and lost all advantage from the weapon. It could also be that the town had artillery in use, that was not recorded in chronicles. The combined effects, of poor weapon deployment on horses being made skittery by artillery, could explain their losing this battle.



Road to Crecy 1346 – The Somme Campaign – Overview

Jan 5th, 2009 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

Having marched through France, even to the gates of Paris, Edward IIIs army met their first real resistance and defeats on the River Somme. A greedy peasant, and traitors in the French camp, allowed him to evade a massive opposing army.



Road to Crecy 1346 – The First Somme – Intro

Dec 22nd, 2008 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

The primary build up to the battle of Crecy began over 100 years before the battle, in the early 13th century, when Philippe Auguste threw King John of England out of Normandy. Some would say that it dates back to the times of William the Conqueror and subsequent disputes over the crowns of France and England. The French siege of Aguillon, an English town in France, was the trigger for this campaign.