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Archer Stakes

  • Castles And Fortification
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

These devices were anti-cavalry weapons - deployed by Archers as a form of protection. Devised in the 14th/15th Centuries, they were an obvious nod to the ancient Phalanx and Spear Wall tactics. Pre-deployment of the stakes were needed. Most stakes were roughly 15 to 25 feet (dug and placed deep in the ground for support and stability). Positioned at different angles, the theory was that they would stop a cavalry charge. Archers could safety stand behind the Stakes and engage their targets. They were often simply left behind. They were used with great success at The Battles of Nicopolis (1396) and Agincourt (1415).