English War Bow

November 20th, 2004  

Topic: English War Bow

The English war bow, nowadays know as the longbow became much feared and renowned during the the hundred years war.Though there seems to be no widely agreed range, draw weight or armor piecing capability.I have read many authors opinions and have came up with my own.

A max range of around 250 yards, a draw weight of 80-120 lbs
and could piece all armor(with bodkin arrows), except very rare full plate, at a range of 50 yards or less.

If any one has differing opinions please respond.
November 20th, 2004  
A Can of Man
I think it's an established fact that it could pierce most armor of its day.
November 21st, 2004  
im pretty sure History channel says it has a 150lb draw to it
November 23rd, 2004  
Originally Posted by MilidarUSMC
im pretty sure History channel says it has a 150lb draw to it
Well if the History channel says that...... Its bound to be wrong
November 23rd, 2004  
how would that be so.......
anyways what I have heard is that the english Longbow draw weight was 100lbs. and had a range of 300 yards.
December 3rd, 2004  
I seem to have misplaced the citation for the article but Dr. Ress a Professor of physics studied the English Long bow and wrote his conclusions in his article "The Longbow's Deadly Secrets" This article was carried in a professional journal. I forget wich one.

His conclusions were that the long bow had a range of 150-200 meters and speed of 130 km/h and with long bodkin type arrows could penetrate 1.5mm of steel.
December 7th, 2004  
i remember seeing on TV that the remains of people who used long bows had larger bones on their hand which pulled the bow back since they were training bow from a young age.
December 7th, 2004  
can you imagine the arm muscles on those guys, heh, they would make arnie look small well maybe not but it would be rather impressive
December 8th, 2004  
Few argue that the two greatest bows in history are:
1.) The English Longbow
2.) The Mongolian Recurved/Composite Bow

Both cases saw significant deformation, disproportionately huge arm muscles and lots of broken fingers.