Battle Formation

Battle Formation (HM2DLR)

Location: , England RH20 4HW West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.836', W 0° 29.079'

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Battle Formation

Early on the autumn morning of Saturday 14 October 1066 two great armies are preparing to fight for the throne of England.
On the top of this hill are arrayed the English forces of Harold Godwinson, who was crowned king just nine months before. He has marched at great speed south from Yorkshire, where he has just defeated and killed Harald Hadraada, a Danish rival to the throne. His army is exhausted from the campaign and its full force is not yet gathered, but fresh men are arriving all the time to swell its numbers.
Facing the English on the opposite side of the valley are the troops of William, duke of Normandy. His army has travelled by land and sea to arrive here. An invader in hostile territory, William's intention is to force a decisive battle with Harold.
The English form a defensive shield wall and await the assault of the Norman army.
You have two choices here. Turn right, and you can walk around the battlefield and follow the events as unfold over the course of 14 October 1066. Or go straight ahead along the terrace and get an overview of what happened on that day.
( photo caption )
- William (on the extreme left) addresses his men and orders them to advance against the English line. He bears a club as a symbol of authority.

from the Bayeux Tapestry - 11th century. By special permission of the City of Bayeux.
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Date Added Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 676815 N 5643267
Decimal Degrees50.91393333, -0.48465000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.836', W 0° 29.079'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 50.16" N, 0° 29' 4.74" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near B2139, England RH20 4HW, GB
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