At the battle of Crecy, fought on 26 August, 1346, the French army, commanded by Phillip IV, met the invading English army of Edward III. The overconfidant French, seeing that they outnumbered their enemies, charged the massed English longbowmen and were slaughtered. Although no one knows exactly how many casulties the Enlgish inflicted, some reports claim that as many as 10,000 French dead littered the field.Originally posted by UnityScoutChopper
For the Brits, I'm considering a 5-1-1 Longbowman replacement (wasn't it the Brits who had the famous bows in, um, that famous historical battle?)
Sixty-nine years later, at the battle of Agincourt (25 October 1415), the French repeated their mistake. This time the English were lead by Henry V, ("we few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he who sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother"), who was Edward III's great-grandson. The French king, Charles VI, was insane and his army was led on the field by Jean Boucicaut, "one of the great soldiers of the age of chivalry." Once again the French far outnumbered the English, and once again they charged the massed English longbowmen, with predictable results (once takes a certain kind of stupidity, but TWICE!!!). Thousands of French knights fell and the number of French prisoners actually exceeded the size of the English army! Deciding that he could not risk handling so many POW's, Henry ordered them killed. This was at first unpopular, since prisoners could be exchanged for ransom, but when a rumour spread that the French intended the cut the right hand off every archer they captuered, the English went at it with gusto.