The Battle of Agincourt (1415)


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  1. If the Roman turtle formation was the best protective attempt 'gainst arrows (until the advent of armored vehicles), why weren't they used in occasions alike? I know such shields are expensive, but not as expensive as losing a unit I guess, and I know it takes some training to pull the maneuvre with non-professional soldiers, but people are normally heedful if taught something life-saving, so can someone elucidate this matter a bit for me?

  2. While I value most of your videos a lot, I must admint that this one is
    based on very superficial statements. All of the phenomena attributed
    here to Agincourt are much older. The rise of projectile weapons? The
    Welsh and English used the longbows with dealdy reasults in the times of
    the crusades and (especially) in the former phases of the 100 years war
    (Crecy!). Cavalry had been through really hard times since Stirling
    Bridge, Courtray and Morgarten. That's more than a century before
    Agincourt. Stating that the cavalry charge was dead since then is still
    very exaggerated, since it still played an important part in battles in
    the 15th century. It's decline came in 16th century, but than it came
    back to European battlefields due to Polish winged hussars and later
    Gustavus Adolfus. Napoleonic era marked its last, but remarkable heyday. So, to conclude: NO, that battle had nothing to do with turning anything in European history. It is famous mostly due to the influence that Shakespeare had on European culture 😉

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