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Azincourt 25/10/2015

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b2ap3_thumbnail_00_Azincourt_D71.jpgToday is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, which the French call Azincourt.

Following Crecy 70 years before (26/10/1346) whose English victory was part due to the Italian mercenaries' crossbows ill-suited to the weather and their far slower rate of fire (about 4 bolts per minute compared to the longbow's 10 or 12 arrows), Azincourt was another disaster for the French.

Fortunately, the weather held up beautifully, and the day went well. Concluding a summerful of festivities and events, the big day was, well, not quite that big. Soothing speeches on either side and a memorial stele for both. Bands played anthems, guards stood to attention, and French and British soldiers laid the odd wreath and all seemed well with the world.

If nothing else it was good to see English and French all together in a positive mood to review a battle of little importance to today

The only shadow on the day was the lack of catering... About 2500 probably hungry and certainly thirsty mouths, and the local café booked (for local notables?) with everyone else wondering where the sandwiches were... And for some odd reason the museum was closed too.

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