Skip to comments.How Did Armies Keep Archers Supplied With Arrows While Fighting?
Posted on 07/30/2015 11:19:03 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
During the Hundred Years' War, England had a centralized, state-controlled organization for manufacturing arrows in bulk. These were then issued as required to the soldiers on campaign.
In June 1413, for example, Henry V appointed Nicholas Mynot to be keeper of the king's arrows, based in the Tower of London. Mynot was responsible for making arrows, but the royal fletchers alone could not supply the total need, so additional orders were placed with outside suppliers. In August 1413, for example, London-based fletcher Stephen Seler was paid for 12,000 arrows.
We have some total figures available. In 1418, Henry V's government purchased 150,000 arrows; in 1421, it acquired nearly 500,000. Several years' supply would be stockpiled for a major campaign. Half a century earlier in 1360, Edward III's accounts reveal that 566,400 arrows (and 11,000 bows) were stored in the Tower of London alone.
It's possible some archers brought their own arrows. People who were foresters or hunters (or bandits) in civilian life would be accustomed to supplying their own needs and might prefer arrows whose length and weight was better suited to the draw weight of their bow than the standard government-issue arrows. . .
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If they had all been liberals, then the arrows and barbs would have been unlimited.
ba dum pish
I read a story in Scientific American - it must have been more than thirty years ago - about archeological evidence surrounding the manufacture of arrows in feudal Europe.
The authors advanced the argument that arrows were the first manufactured article that was produced on an assembly line.
They said there were arrow factories having production in the millions of units.
The military-industrial complex...
I’ve often wondered where the American Indians got all their arrows.................
Any idea how many arrows were used at Agincourt? I read that they archers there would go among the French dead and gather their previously fired arrows after each French fallback.
Just gather up and shoot the enemy’s arrows back at him.
They used to be adventurers, just like you, then then they took an arrow in the knee.
That would have been a lot of arrows...
They didn’t pull them out and reuse them like Daryl does?
[I read that they archers there would go among the French dead and gather their previously fired arrows after each French fallback.]
Makes sense. The article mentions retrieving arrows from the field after the fight is over.
At the trading post where else?
We simply don’t understand how good ancient archers were. We are now relearning their secrets. This Dane is making it happen:
He’s the best “real combat” archer in the world.
“Longbowmen might be issued with three sheaves of 24 arrows “
Coincidentally (?), in the video game Skyrim, arrows are crafted in lots of 24.
Arrows are recyclable. Shoot them back.
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