August 26, 1346 – In one of the most decisive battles of the Hundred Years’ War, an English force led by King Edward III annihilates the French Army of King Philip VI at Crecy in Normandy.
The battle is one of the opening rounds of the Hundred Years’ War, and is famous for the English use of the longbow, a devastating weapon that could fire long distances and was used to deadly effect on the charging French mounted knights.
By the end of the day the battlefield is strewn with dead, including thousands of French nobles. The battle marks the ascendance of England as a world power and the decline of the mounted knight in European warfare.
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