The Afternoon Assaults

The Afternoon Assaults (HM2DNA)

Location: , England RH20 4HN West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.657', W 0° 29.305'

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—Battle of Hastings, 1066 —

The Afternoon Assaults: Norman Trick Tactics

During the afternoon the Normans weaken the English line by adopting a new tactic.
It is now clear that the English are not going to be easily defeated. To create gaps in the shield wall, groups of Normans pretend to flee in mid-battle. They then suddenly turn, trap and destroy any English soldiers who pursue them. This particular trick is documented in other battles fought by the Normans.
A series of such false retreats proves very successful, but the English line continues to stand fast. Something more is needed to secure victory.
( photo caption )
- This may show an isolated group of English soldiers being surrounded and killed by Norman knights. The doomed figures are shown with spears and shields but no armour.
Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry - 11th century. By special permission of the City of Bayeux.
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Date Added Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 676562 N 5642926
Decimal Degrees50.91095000, -0.48841667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.657', W 0° 29.305'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 39.42" N, 0° 29' 18.3" W
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