Posts Tagged ‘ Welsh pike ’

Road to Crecy 1346 – Bibliography, Conclusions, and Hindsight

Feb 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: AD 1346 Crecy

Medieval wargamers and rules writers have continually over-emphasised the value of the full frontal assault by deep ranks of pike during the Hundred Years War. That tactic belongs to the period before Christ and after Henry VIII. Between those times, the long spear was used for infantry clashes, whilst the pike was used to finish-off opponents, without getting within reach of their dying sword swing.



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.