The Agincourt Battle saw the strength of the English army at between 6,000 and 11,000 soldiers while the strength of the French army has been estimated between 12,000 and 36,000 soldiers.
However, a crucial feature of the English army was that most of its soldiers consisted of longbowmen from England and Wales. These longbowmen wrecked havoc on the French troops during the battle.
During the Agincourt battle the longbowmen were tightly packed in large numbers (thousands of men) this allowed the English army to fire thousands of arrows at the same time accurately, the French soldiers would look up to see the sky darken as thousands of arrows rained down on them.
The longbowmen of the English army were the ones that won the Battle of Agincourt for the English; the best Knights that France had to offer were decimated and had no answer to the constant onslaught that ensued.
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Miniature of an infantry battle from a late 14th century French manuscript (British Library Royal 20 C VII, f. 136). The soldiers are all depicted wearing a type of helmet known as a bascinet, which by this time had largely come to replace the more clumsy great helm (think stereotypical Crusader helmet) as the knight's headgear of choice on the battlefield. Whereas the great helm was usually cylindrical, the bascinet was made with a rounded or conical top, affording the wearer greater protection when struck by a vertical blow. It was also open-faced, and so often had a moveable visor that provided it with better ventilation and visibility than many of its closed-faced counterparts. The distinctive pointed kind of visor seen in this miniature was given various names such as "hounskull", "dog-faced", or "pig-faced", for obvious reasons. Again, its shape would have helped deflect oncoming arrows and blades, but it must have also had a psychological impact on the enemy, giving its user an intimidating appearance.
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At the same time I knew I could never go back. You see, once you have expanded your horizons you can never "unsee". I could feel the end goal in front of me. I'd had a taste of it. Freedom. Happiness. Purpose. That's what kept me going.
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