The fighting took place on a strip of muddy ground sandwiched between two woods, decisive terrain. After the debilitating siege of Harfleur,[it was] immortalised in
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more …”,
this was an engagement Henry V did not really want. His Welsh and English army was sick, starving and exhausted.
Outnumbered on foreign soil, he faced an opponent who was fresh and ready for the fray. No wonder the king heard mass three times on the eve of battle.