The Battle of Crécy was fought on 26 August 1346 in north-east France
during the Hundred Years' War. It resulted in a victory for a greatly
outnumbered English army led by King Edward III over the French led by
King Philip VI and heavy loss of life among the French. The English
prepared a defensive position on a hillside near Crécy-en-Ponthieu.
After the French mercenary crossbowmen were routed by English
longbowmen, French cavalry made repeated charges. They had to force
their way uphill over muddy ground across pits dug by the English, while
taking heavy casualties from the longbowmen. The ensuing hand-to-hand
combat against the English men-at-arms was described as "murderous,
without pity, cruel, and very horrible". The French charges continued
late into the night, all with the same fierce fighting, until the French
were repulsed. The battle established the effectiveness of the longbow
as a dominant weapon on the Western European battlefield.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cr%C3%A9cy>
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