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ST CRISPIN’S DAY, 1415, Henry V’s English Army demonstrated what enormous balls they had by inflicting a decisive defeat on on a larger French force at Agincourt despite being tired, hungry and ill after the long march from Harfleur in Normandy.

AND on this day, 1854, the Charge of the Light Brigade took place at Balaclava during the Crimean War when the Light Brigade demonstrated what enormous balls they had in charging directly at the main Russian artillery.

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  1. >>by inflicting a decisive defeat on on a larger French force at Agincourt despite being tired, hungry<<

    Hate to break it to you, lad, but Agincourt wasn’t the victory you think. First of all, it was the French infantry that was exhausted, having advanced in heavy armour, with visors down, against a hail of arrows and over wide fields of quagmire before they even reached the English troops.

    Agincourt also achieved very little, and Henry was in fact trying to get home when he was blocked by the French. The decisive battle was at Poitiers; the importance of Agincourt lay in the legend.

  2. Always the chippy Mick you are, Noel.

    The battle was decisive because of the vast number of French nobility left on the field. They had been laid out by a greatly outnumbered English army which had marched for weeks through foul weather after having laid seige to Harfleur. Hunger, and dysentry were rife in the English ranks while the Frogs turned up for the scrap in fine fettle.

    Within a few hours our famed English archers had won the day – magnifique!

  3. Noel – trying to join the Unhappy Few? Give credit where it is due, a historic victory, both in British History and the Art of War.

    Pete – The Charge of the Light Brigade was inspiring and glorious, but a tragic event nonetheless as our hero Colonel Flashman recounts.

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