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Skatha wrote:

> Robert the Bruce had several things going for him -- good
> strategy, good command of the field, and the Highland Scots
> with the "highland charge." For this maneuver, they would
> shout out "Claymores!" and the whole line would rush their
> foes, screaming and waving the heavy swords.
> [en.wikipedia.org]
>
> It was a basic 'shock troops' tactic, and they could get
> through a line of musketry pretty effectively. In the days
> before firearms, other troops would often break and run from
> these manic charges.
>
> In addition, morale was poor among the English troops.
> [en.wikipedia.org]
>
> The battle took place on boggy ground -- a difficult, soggy
> terrain. Horses would have been far less useful than humans
> who were familiar with this type of ground (as the Scots were.)


The Bruce also has a turncoat who probably gave him lots of tactical information, like how the English were using their archers, how many, how well fed they were, etc.

Edward was not a popular king, though his troops were battle hardened soldiers.

Aneth



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