Tuesday, August 26, 2008


This Day in the History of the British Slaughtering Numerically Superior French

On this day in 1346, between 9,000 and 16,000 British warriors beat the snot out of between 27,000 and 86,000 French knights and men at arms at the Battle of Crecy, south of Calais, France. The Brits used five primitive canon, shooting either arrows or grapeshot, to rout the Genoese crossbowmen and all the while the Brits well employed, en masse for the first time, a Welsh weapon, the yew longbow, with a 150 pound pull, to bring down the French fighters on horseback and trudging serially up the hill in the mud. The rest was a bloody mess, war hammer blows to the head, knives slid into the interstices of the armor at the neck and groin. Tough day to be French.


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