France, in the year 1415, and the army of Henry V has surrounded the town of Harfleur. The garrison, commanded by the Sieur d'Estouteville and the Sieur de Gaucourt, refuse to surrender and so the English begin to bombard the walls with cannon and other artillery. A swift conclusion to the siege is necessary, as the town has plenty of provisions and the main French Army is expected at any time.
Eventually, the already damaged walls are undermined by sappers and a breach appears. English footmen and men at arms pour into the town under Henry’s rallying cry:
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean."
(Henry V Act III, Scene 1)
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Although the Shakespeare was the main inspiration for this moc, it's unlikely that such an assault occured in reality! A parley was requested after French reinforcements failed to arrive and the English force occupied the town after a month long siege.