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The Battle of Crécy was an English victory against a larger French army in the Hundred Years' War. The battle occurred on 26 August 1346 in northern France. An Anglo-Welsh army of 9,000-10,000 commanded by Edward III of England and heavily outnumbered by Philip VI of France's force of 35,000-100,000, was victorious as a result of superior weaponry and tactics, demonstrating the importance of the modern military concept of fire power. The effectiveness of the English longbow, used en masse, was proven against armoured knights, contrary to the conventional wisdom of the day which held that archers would be ineffective and be butchered when the armoured units closed in.
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