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Battle of Agincourt

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​The Battle of Agincourt, on 25 October 1415,

between the British and French armies

It went down in history as a critical conflict. This battle is an important monument of the Hundred Years' War and an event with major strategic, tactical and cultural implications. In this article, we will cover this important historical event, focusing on the prequel, development and consequences of the Battle of Agincourt.

I. Background

The Battle of Agincourt is based on the complex political and territorial demands of the Hundred Years' War between England and France. This long-term conflict began with British claims to the French throne, and then continued with a series of campaigns to seize the French throne. The Battle of Agincourt represents a major turning point in this great conflict.


II. Position of Armies and Commanders

The battle involved a situation in which the French faced the British with superior numbers of soldiers. The English army, led by the English king Henry V, had a strategic advantage despite limited resources. The French army was led by a large class of aristocrats, but internal strife and a lack of leadership had difficulty providing a united resistance.

III. Development of the Battle

On 25 October 1415, the two armies met near Agincourt. The defensive position of the British put the French at a disadvantage, as they had to pass through a narrow pass. British volleys and well-positioned ranges inflicted heavy losses on the French. The French armored cavalry, weighed down by the mud, could not make quick and effective attacks.


IV. Battle Results

The Battle of Agincourt enabled the British to achieve a numerically small but strategic victory. A significant portion of the French aristocracy died or was captured in this battle, weakening the French army in future struggles. The results of the battle strengthened English claims in France, influencing the course of the Hundred Years' War.

V. Cultural and Strategic Impacts

The Battle of Agincourt resulted in significant changes in strategic warfare tactics and military doctrines. The impact of archer units showed that power on the battlefield was not only linked to numbers, but also to strategic position and tactical skills. At the same time, this battle inspired literary works, works of art, and historical narratives.


The Battle of Agincourt is an event that left its mark on a historical period and influenced the evolution of war strategies. The superior strategic planning and tactical skills of the British enabled them to achieve victory against the numerically superior French army. The historical impact of this battle profoundly influenced not only the course of the Hundred Years' War but also the understanding of medieval warfare strategies.

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Writer: Adil Sevim

Hüseyin Emre Eken

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