600 years ago today ...
On the morning of 25 October 1415, shortly before the Battle of Agincourt, young King Henry V ("Harry") roused his beleaguered troops -- weary from their march back to Calais for convoy to England -- to achieve one of the greatest military upsets in history. Outnumbered 5-to-1, over fields freshly planted with winter wheat, the English victory proved decisive in the Hundred Years' War and crippled the French army.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day!