Unit Information Game Strategies History
It was thought that the Normans owed victory over the Saxons in 1066 to the use of Breton archery as well as strategically timed cavalry charges against the Saxon shieldwall at Hastings, yet after this episode the Normans were slow to appreciate the value of massed archery as a tactical asset until their forays into Welsh territory, during which the guerilla tactics of the Welsh, aided by their use of the longbow, exacted a price so high in Norman blood that the Normans themselves were impressed enough to begin recruiting the survivors of Norman rule in Wales into their armies. Unlike the Welsh, who preferred silent, sniping attacks, the Normans arrayed their new longbowmen en masse, turning a single-shot weapon into a deadly hail of pointed ends which could even penetrate steel armour at a proper angle.