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  • Ministers refuse to mark Waterloo: Campaigners say Government do not want to offend France

    06/13/2013 7:42:48 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 44 replies
    Dail;yMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Ian Drury
    Tt is often regarded as the British Army’s greatest military victory. Led into battle by the Duke of Wellington, UK troops routed Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, a triumph ushering in almost a century of peace and stability in Europe. But the Government is refusing to mark the battle’s 200th anniversary in 2015 amid suspicions it does not want to offend France. SNIP Brussels is spending at least £20million on commemorative events, including restoring the battlefield. SNIP James Morrow, secretary of Waterloo 200, ...said he was ‘disappointed’. SNIP ‘The Belgian government has spent millions on events to commemorate the...
  • Treadmill shows medieval armour influenced battles

    08/27/2011 6:37:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 79 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 19, 2011 | Rebecca Morelle
    Medieval suits of armour were so exhausting to wear that they could have affected the outcomes of famous battles, a study suggests. Scientists monitored volunteers fitted with 15th Century replica armour as they walked and ran on treadmills. They found that the subjects used high levels of energy, bore immense weight on their legs and suffered from restricted breathing. The research is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The effect of the heavy armour was so great, that the researchers believe it may have have had an impact on the Battle of Agincourt. "It is a huge...
  • Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt

    10/25/2009 4:20:42 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 36 replies · 1,964+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 25, 2009 | JAMES GLANZ
    MAISONCELLE, France — The heavy clay-laced mud behind the cattle pen on Antoine Renault’s farm looks as treacherous as it must have been nearly 600 years ago, when King Henry V rode from a spot near here to lead a sodden and exhausted English Army against a French force that was said to outnumber his by as much as five to one. snip...They devastated a force of heavily armored French nobles who had gotten bogged down in the region’s sucking mud, riddled by thousands of arrows from English longbowmen and outmaneuvered by common soldiers with much lighter gear. It would...
  • Centuries Later, Henry V’s Greatest Victory Is Besieged by Academia

    10/24/2009 10:38:13 AM PDT · by Saije · 30 replies · 1,271+ views
    Ny Times ^ | 10/24/2009 | James Glanz
    The heavy clay-laced mud behind the cattle pen on Antoine Renault’s farm looks as treacherous as it must have been nearly 600 years ago, when King Henry V rode from a spot near here to lead a sodden and exhausted English Army against a French force that was said to outnumber his by as much as five to one. No one can ever take away the shocking victory by Henry and his “band of brothers,” as Shakespeare would famously call them, on St. Crispin’s Day, Oct. 25, 1415. They devastated a force of heavily armored French nobles who had gotten...
  • French Residents Off-Piste: Fed-up ski resort residents want 'English invaders' to stay away

    01/03/2004 6:46:13 PM PST · by quidnunc · 27 replies · 173+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | January 4, 2003 | Charlotte Edwardes
    Chamonix – In this pretty ski resort that hugs the foot of Mont Blanc, an ugly Anglo-French conflict is brewing. Aggrieved with what they call l'invasion Anglaise — a growing influx of Britons buying apartments, setting up businesses and acting as if they own the place — local residents are fighting back. Until a few days days ago, the insult CENSORED Les Anglais (CENSORED the English) could be read in black aerosol on a wall of the Passage de L'Outa. Elsewhere, the sentiment is repeated: "English go home" is sprayed on car bonnets and the walls of British-owned businesses. Tyres...
  • On This Day In History...The Battle of Agincourt.

    10/25/2003 6:28:11 AM PDT · by Valin · 28 replies · 3,008+ views
    The Day Of the Battle It rained for most of the night turning the ground sodden with ankle deep mud in some places. Both armies rose before dawn and assembled for battle, the English numbering 5000 archers and 900 men-at-arms and the French between 20-30,000. The rules of chivalry dictate that the field of battle should favor neither side but the French freely took up a position that was disadvantageous to them. They assembled perhaps 1000 yards apart, separated by a recently ploughed field. A slight dip between them ensured that the armies were in full view of each other....
  • Chirac and Blair trade insults (AGINCOURT TIME ALERT)

    10/28/2002 11:42:11 PM PST · by MadIvan · 19 replies · 276+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 29, 2002 | Toby Helm and Philip Delves Broughton
    President Chirac has threatened to cancel a Franco-British summit following a slanging match with Tony Blair over the future of Europe's £30 billion-a-year Common Agricultural Policy.Suits me, Jacques. I haven't had anything worth repeating in polite company to say to you lot in years - Ivan The row is one of the most serious between a British Prime Minister and a fellow EU leader since Margaret Thatcher attacked Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand over their plans for a single currency in the late 1980s. As details emerged yesterday of the confrontation at last Friday's EU summit in Brussels, neither Downing...
  • Call France's bluff

    10/18/2002 10:02:28 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 4 replies · 194+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 10/19/2002 | editorial board
    The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, predicted to an eminent associate earlier this year that once the issue of Iraq was remitted to the UN, there could be no war.Judging by the glacial pace at which it has moved since George W Bush addressed the General Assembly on September 12, his prediction about that body is turning out to be uncomfortably, if unsurprisingly, accurate. The UN Security Council is busily seeking to tie America down in a thousand strands of legal tinsel - and, in the case of France, for the most ignoble of reasons.But are President Bush's convictions...
  • West on brink of Iraq war (DEVIL IN THE DETAILS ALERT)

    09/17/2002 6:30:21 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 167 replies · 481+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | September 17, 2002 | Joe Murphy
    The US and Britain returned to the brink of war today as Saddam Hussein's dramatic promise to allow unfettered weapons inspections turned out to have strings attached. Iraq made a surprise offer late last night to provide "unconditional access" to United Nations inspectors, raising hopes of a peaceful outcome to the Gulf crisis. But today it emerged that the offer only applied to military bases - which could let Saddam hide chemical and biological arms stockpiles elsewhere. That was not good enough for Downing Street, which insisted: "Inspectors must be allowed to go anywhere, anytime." Foreign Secretary Jack Straw urged...
  • Now France gets tough on Saddam (IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING)

    09/09/2002 9:55:37 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 29 replies · 358+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 10, 2002 | Anton La Guardia, Toby Harnden, George Jones and Philip Delves Broughton
    America yesterday hailed the first success in its campaign to persuade the world to confront Saddam Hussein when France said that Iraq should be given a three-week ultimatum to admit weapons inspectors. President Jacques Chirac shifted noticeably closer to the American position by proposing a two-step process by the United Nations Security Council that could lead to a formal authorisation for military force against Iraq. As President George W Bush prepared a keynote speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, the White House said: "It appears that a movement is budding to put some force into previous UN resolutions."...