Agincourt by Zabecki

Zabecki begins this article with giving the background of the Battle of Agincourt. This battle happened in 1415 near Agincourt, France during the Hundred Years War. He does point out the ironic fact that though this war was called the Hundred Years War, it actually last 116 years. However, he summarizes the actions of Henry V in France and the path that him and his men took that led them to Agincourt. This path included a month long siege of the port that he landed in which depleted his army of both manpower and energy. Henry V decided to lead his army to British-held Calais to sail back to England for fresh soldiers. However, the French cut Henry V off near Agincourt and were ready for him and his army when they arrived.  The British were greatly outnumbered in this battle, almost a 5:1 ratio of French soldiers to British. Henry V, being very outnumbered, provoked the French to attack so that he and his army would be on the defense. Henry V strategically placed his troops where they would be in range for the weapon that helped them win the battle, the English Longbow. With the much superior weapon, the British easily defeated many of the charging Frenchmen. The total casualties for the French was 8000 – 12000 men compared to the 200 men that the British lost. However, the British did not exploit this victory due to the fact that Henry V and his army were too weak. They continued on to Calais and then sailed back to England. This story of this historic battle shows just how superior the English Longbow was to anything that the French had.

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Summary By Jared Cochran

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