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The Goedendag: Medieval Weaponry

Simple weapons can prove astonishingly effective. The Flemish goedendag was a long wooden club, reinforced with iron rings binding and strengthening it. Illustrations show that it had an iron spike set into the end. It was not as long as a pike, which could be set into the ground, though it was longer than a […]

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The Longbow: Medieval Weaponry

Over 6ft in length, the longbow was capable of killing a man at over 200 yards. The best bows were made of yew, cut with the heartwood on the inner side. This compressed when the bow was drawn, while the sapwood on the other side stretched. The combination provided immense power. The biggest bows had […]

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The Matilda II Tank

Known officially as the Infantry Tank Mark II, and less formally as the Matilda Senior or Matilda 2, this 27-ton tank wreaked havoc among the Italian forces in the deserts of Egypt in late 1940. With only two in service in 1937, demand for these armoured machines quickly rose with the outbreak of war; from […]

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The Battle of Bannockburn, 1314

As every Scotsman knows, in 1314, at midsummer, the might of the English army came to grief in the boggy ground below Stirling Castle. Heroic charges were not enough; the packed infantry formations of the Scots triumphed. The King of Scots, Robert Bruce, had not wanted to risk battle, but in May his brother Edward […]

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The Battle of Courtrai, 1302

In 1302, the townspeople of Flanders rebelled against the French, laying siege to the castle at Courtrai. The French sent an army of some 10,000 men, commanded by Robert of Artois, to deal with them. Rumours spread that the invading army was committing dreadful atrocities in order to terrorize the Flemings, killing the sick, women, […]

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5 reasons why was the Battle of Caporetto 1917 was so decisive

The Battle of Caporetto in 1917 was a decisive victory for Germany, and one in which 25 year old German lieutenant Erwin Rommel showed signs of his future greatness. It was an spectacular victory, which brought Italy to the brink of national collapse. But how were they able to so successfully overcome the far larger Italian […]

Dick Winters and the men of Easy Company

Immortalised in the ‘Band of Brothers’, the men of Easy Company,were rightly acclaimed for their bravery and daring, as well as their loyalty to each other.

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