Agincourt 1415: Triumph against the odds (Campaign, Volume by Matthew Bennett

By Matthew Bennett

Agincourt is among the so much evocative names in English army heritage. Henry V's forces have been drained, hungry, and confronted a French military 3 to 6 occasions extra quite a few. in spite of the fact that, they possessed a number of benefits, and English luck resulted from the mix of seriously armoured men-at-arms with troops armed with the notorious longbow the havoc this weapon wreaked was once an important. utilizing unique 15th century proof, together with the surviving French conflict plan and the bills of fellows found in either armies, this identify discusses the lead-up to the conflict, the tactical tendencies of the 2 forces and the explanations for the final word English success.

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Bolitho turned to see the bright signal flags break from Styx’s yard. Numbers exchanged, two ships meeting on a pinpoint. To most of the hands it was a welcome diversion, as well as a sight of some additional fire power. “Heave to when convenient, if you please. ” Neale nodded. ” Bolitho took a telescope from the midshipman of the watch and walked up the deck to the weather side. He was conscious of each move and every heartbeat, like an actor about to make an entrance. He held his breath and waited for the sea to smooth itself.

She was smart for her age, and was reacting to the sight of a rear-admiral’s flag just as Bolitho had once done when he had taken Phalarope to Antigua. Neale called, “Heave to, Mr Pickthorn! ” Bolitho saw the uncertainty, the need to understand. ” Allday walked to the entry port and waited for the gig to be pulled round to the main-chains. Neale’s own coxswain nodded to Allday and allowed him to take his place at the tiller without comment. Bolitho noticed all and none of these things. So it was right through Styx already, probably every vessel under his flag.

S’not that, sir. She were different. They’ve no right to put her in the Bay, she’s too old, an’ I doubt if she ever got over the Saintes. ” Bolitho watched him, suddenly uneasy. “There’s nothing I can do. ” Allday stood up and turned beside the cannon, his head bowed between the beams. ” Bolitho bit back the sharp retort as quickly as it had formed. Why take it out on Allday? Like the midshipman on the quarterdeck who had unwittingly broken the news, he was not to blame. Bolitho said quietly, “No, Allday, she’s not.

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