Warfare Essay

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Warfare





From the beginning of time we have all seen things grow and
evolve to “bigger and better things”. Take the t.v. for example. This
magnificent invention has evolved from being black and white, to high
definition color, surround sound, and can fit in your pants pocket no
problem. Other creations in life have evolved as well, especially in
the art of warfare. Today with the push of a single button entire
countries are able to be destroyed. The accuracy and efficiency of the
guns in this era are mind boggling. Deadly weapons are now the size
of a hand and can be carried nearly everywhere without being
noticed. This is just a glimpse at today’s warfare technology. Back in
the day, when men were men, they did not have grenades or machine
guns to mow down their enemy. They had to do it the old fashioned
way, hand to hand combat. Over the thousands of years of man’s
existence, he has helped shaped the growth of technology in warfare.
From 1300 to 1660 Europe’s warfare underwent its most enormous
transformation; gunpowder, mobile and effective cannon, and
reasonably useful small firearms had a profound effect, both in the
technology of war and its social organization.
The saying, “its not the size of the dog in the fight but rather
the size of the fight in the dog,” is a perfect quote for the Battle Of
Agincourt. The date was Oct. 25, 1415 (Keegan 78). Henry V of
England was in pursuit of the French throne and had an army of about
10,000 men at his side. They invaded Normandy in August 1415;
winning battle after battle. As months progressed the English army
diminished to about half because of disease and battle casualties.
King Henry V attempted to leave and regroup but was stopped in his
tracks by a French army totaling 20,000 to 30,000 men(Keegan
88,90). They had mounted knights in heavy armor and were ready
for battle against the English. The English, bruised and battered,
were clearly outnumbered. However, the English had the advantage
of intelligence, favoring weathering conditions, and a key battlefield.
A cramped battlefield made the French numbers useless. The 5,000
archers and 900 men at arms would suffice in these conditions
(Keegan 80,87). The English stepped back into bowshot range, fired
away, provoking an attack from the French. The French launched a
massive attack but the tight battle ground left it nearly impossible for
the French to even raise their arms to deliver a blow. King Henry V
used his intelligence to finish the French off. He had the archers, who
had little armor on, take up hand to hand combat on the immobile
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