The Battle of Blanchetaque was fought on 24 August 1346, during the
early stages of the Hundred Years' War, between an English army under
King Edward III and a French force commanded by Godemar du Fay. The
English army had burnt a path of destruction through some of the richest
lands in France to within 20 miles (32 km) of Paris, then had marched
north, hoping to link up with an allied Flemish army. The French king,
Philip VI, garrisoned all of the bridges and fords over the River Somme
and followed the English with his own field army. The area had
previously been stripped of food stocks, and the English were
essentially trapped. They launched an attack across a tidal ford at
Blanchetaque, and after a disorderly mêlée the French blocking force
there broke and fled. French casualties were reported as over half of
their force, while English losses were light. Two days later, the main
army under Philip was defeated at the Battle of Crécy.
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