The Strongest Peoples of Earth Are the Free

Today is St. Crispin's Day. Band of brothers day and all that. There are tales associated with St. Crispin, who may have been British, may have been French, and was certainly a martyr of the Christian gospel.

His day is, perhaps, most notable for the role it has played in the martial history of Anglo civilization. On this day in 1415, English longbowmen famously brought low the flower of France at Agincourt. Today in 1854 the Light Brigade at Balaklava found cannon to the right of them, cannon to the left of them. And on this day in 1944 Admiral Halsey's 3rd and 7th Fleets of the United States Navy triumphed in the largest naval battle ever fought, at Leyte Gulf.

Several years ago I wrote a poem about the English inspired by the longbow. Find it here.

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