The Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings

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  • Harold the Second had just defeated Harald Hadrada in the Battle of Stamford Bridge and was marching his troops over 300 miles to battle William of Normandy. 
  • Meanwhile, William of Normandy was quickly building huts and resting soldiers for the battle ahead. 
  • When Harold arrived in Kent, where William was based, he arranged his troops in a shield wall at the top of the hill even though he knew they were very tired from marching all that way.
  • Williams troops couldn't get through the shield wall so they thought up a very clever plan: they would pretend to retreat so that Harold's troop would break out of formation. Then, they would turn back around and kill all of Harold's troops to win the battle.
  • William's troops ran away and Harold's troops fell for the plan, breaking out of formation to chase William's troops.
  • Williams troops then turned around and won the battle against Harold's Troops.
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