Battle of Agincourt
Agincourt 1415. The impact of thousands of arrows, combined with the slog in heavy armour through the mud, the heat and lack of oxygen in plate armour with the visor down, and the crush of their numbers meant the French men-at-arms could "scarcely lift their weapons" when they finally engaged the English line. As the mêlée developed, the French second line also joined the attack, but they too were swallowed up, with the narrow terrain meaning the extra numbers could not be used effectively.
Archer in Action Agincourt 1415
The Battle of Agincourt was a major English victory in the Hundred Years' War. The battle occurred in 1415, near modern-day Azincourt, in northern France. Henry V won against a numerically superior French army. The battle is notable for the use of the English longbow, which Henry used in very large numbers, with English and Welsh archers forming most of his army.
The English longbow, is a powerful medieval longbow about 6 ft (1.8 m) long used for hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, in particular the battles of Sluys (1340), Crécy (1346), and Poitiers (1356), and perhaps most famously at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). It has been suggested that an arrow of a professional archer of Edward III's time would reach 400 yd (370 m) and could fire 6 a minute.