Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This Day in the History of Battles Won by Superior Technology
Labels: English Victories over French
Are you saying the longbow did not provide the edge at Agincourt? Terrain played a large part in that battle but so did the longbow.
Further, the evidence is pretty good that a decent short composite bow (recurve bow made from laminated horn, wood, and other materials) can impart as much energy to an arrow as that imparted by a longbow. (Much of the energy from the longer bow goes into accelerating the arms of the bow, not into accelerating the arrow.)
* Thank you for not using "fired".
I think we had a cocktail @ Agincourt. Certainly French pride was a factor but the battle was fought on a stretch of newly ploughed fields bordered by woods on either side. The effect was to funnel the heavily armored French into near impassible, muddy ground where first they were slaughtered by arrows and then in hand to hand combat by the English who were less encumbered by armor when the supply of arrows were exhausted.
Thanks for teh reference to Keegan.
Thanks for your continued good comments.