Fire, steel, and blood… In the 1400’s, this was the way of the world.
The battle of Agincourt was one of the most tactically sound battles of its time
It more than proved the effectiveness of the English longbow, and the tactical effectiveness of the British army.
It was October 8 1415, Henry and his men left Harlfleur with rations that would last them about eight days time. They had planned to march right into Calais, board ships, and sail from there to England. Needless to say his advisors recommended against it but he ignored them. Most likely, Henry was hoping to escape the dysentery epidemic that was ravaging Harfleur. None the less it was a wild plan, considering the French, led by Constable d’Albret, were gathering a great army at Rouen, as confirmed by scouts.
The plan worked well given the circumstances until the reached the river Somme. There were on there way to cross the river at just south from Abbeville, here they ran into a couple problems. The whole river was flooded, and there was that large French army right on the other side. Needless to say they attempted to find a safer ford, with he couldn’t find till October 18, at Nesle, and by this time things were looking grim. The army was in terrible shape. They were almost out of food and, as feared, the epidemic had tagged along with them.
For about six more days the French forces hit-and-ran the English. On October 24, the English scouts reported a large French force was camped outside on the road to Calias. The English, who were camped at Maisoncelles, amidst there other problems had marched 260 miles in 17 days and were in terrible shape altogether.
That night Henry gave the order for the camp to be in total silence, As the soldiers would sleep well. The English were so quiet that some French actually thought they snuck away in the middle of the night.
Dawn came. Both armies were preparing in front of there camps, the lines were just over a mile apart. The land in front of them was...