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By Harry Baker November 6, 2019 Articles, Blog 100 Comments Related posts: Cinema 2011 Cinema 2009 Cinema 2010 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Roundtable: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, More | Entertainment Weekly Tags:Ancient, and, archers, archery, arrows, authenticity, battle, bowmen, bows, burning, combat, fighting, film, films, fire, fire-arrows, firing, gladiator, helen of troy, hollywood, incendiary, kingdom of heaven, medieval, movies, realism, shooting, siege, the, troy, you Related Posts Shakespeare’s Globe Apprentices: Ria-Renee and Joshua After Ever After – DISNEY Parody JOKER – Final Trailer About Author admin 100 Comments mcbrite September 14, 2019 Kind of a weird video… For the first 90% it assumes people think fire arrows were used against personell rather than wood buildings, thatched roofs and the like… Which I doubt… Even in movies I don't recall a single one where that was the case… I'd have loved for that video to go into the siege part way more and all but ignore the ridiculous anti-personell part… Reply Dedrick Howell September 14, 2019 Presumably they would be used to set buildings on fire given the combustible thatch roofs of the era and not against infantry. Reply Abayas September 15, 2019 I would like to say that you mentioned here that they may be more useful in naval warfare and sieges… and in a more recent video you said that most battles would take place in the form of a siege instead of an open-field battle like everybody loves. (I think it was the pike on pike video?) Reply James Roper September 15, 2019 Molotov cocktails are more effective than fire arrows, and they're pretty easy to make. Just fill up a bottle with flammable liquid, like oil or alcohol and stuff a rag in the opening. Light the rag and throw. Reply Mr Silver September 15, 2019 I figured they might have been used at night to illuminate the battlefield/enemy position. That way you could aim your Frenchman-penetrating arrows better. Reply Brazen Bard September 15, 2019 "Archers! Prepare the Napalm arrows!""Sire, this is the Battle of Agincourt! Napalm won't be invented for another 527 years!""Bugger. Well, use the regular Frenchman-penetrating arrows instead, then.""Yes, my lord!" Reply Paul Oliver September 15, 2019 Hello Sir, To confirm your argument, can I point you in the direction of "Hawk the Slayer" when there is an attempt to burn the "Dwarf" with flaming arrows from a lakeside. It's readily available on youtube, and you can see they went to great efforts to get anything worthwhile on film… Reply Gabriel Siteny September 15, 2019 Penetre les français!!! Reply Gabriel Siteny September 15, 2019 Be nice, at least sterilise the wound Reply C JB-9000 September 15, 2019 Always use a condom for penetration. Reply Lily Furley September 15, 2019 now FIRE THE ARROWS!!! lights them "gah you idiots that'll never work! i said fire them!" Reply Master Chief Gaming September 16, 2019 What about Greek fire? Reply Jan Kołakowski September 16, 2019 Hey-ey-ey! You forgot about this CLEARLY EFFICIENT gem 😀https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_99_TQzhHI Reply Bradley Homer September 16, 2019 Poop arrows seem way more deadly Reply jyles choukri September 16, 2019 they had fire, they had arrows. your not going to convince me they didnt use them. im not saying they were common but to say they didnt exist and they dont have a place in the military or in history ! i mean come on mate… Reply MAKE CRUSADES GREAT AGAIN September 17, 2019 What about crossbows, would flaming crossbow bolts with that style of head work? Reply Captain Bodyshot September 17, 2019 5 minutes in an we're talking penetration, big head and frenchmen Reply rdu222 September 18, 2019 What About Arrows with Fuse and Gunpowder, Simply put a bomb at the arrowhead?? Reply Dude 0853 September 18, 2019 You got to be kidding me, fire arrows were used earlier then 1000 BC. They had oil and resin soaked tows below the arrowhead.And yes, they were very effective against wooden structures.Another thing is that people during that time could very well light that much torches at once..Blow a horn, you don't need radio. Reply fred kalis1776 September 18, 2019 As a french i'm offended. lol Reply George Jackson September 18, 2019 Not entirely true. Fire arrows – and deviants have been used throughout history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_thermal_weapons#Types_of_weapons Reply PIcoAirBearings September 19, 2019 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_thermal_weapons#Flaming_arrows.2C_bolts.2C_spears_and_rockets Reply elgostine September 19, 2019 also we have reason to believe that tents may have been treated with oils to help keep the rain out… oily waxy wool is possibly THE most flammable substance on planet earth. a bunch of fire arrows shot into an enemy camp in that case is likely to cause ABSOLUTE chaos. Reply Breaking Bread September 21, 2019 E X T R A T H I C C A R R O W S Reply Apostrophe ' September 22, 2019 Battle of Pressburg, Hungarians used fire arrows to set ships on fire. Reply Noah Hudson September 23, 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDt4C-AVzWY A demonstration about how fire arrows could have been used. Reply crochetcocoking September 23, 2019 Your obsession towards penetrating me & my fellow countrymen is disturbing Reply Always Wondering September 23, 2019 After hearing this France-Englandgoing on in perpetuity, I'd like to know when did this absurd rivalry actually begin ? Crazy. Reply Danasouris September 23, 2019 On the contrary, if you have 10 archers shooting a quiver of 12 arrows into a flammable structure, and 50% percent hit, it's technically more than likely to set that structure ablaze. Practical? Maybe not. As stupid as you make it out to be? Definitely not. Reply Tom Holland September 24, 2019 What about this? https://youtu.be/M1iPxY3FYNE Reply Xartim September 25, 2019 extra T H I C C Reply Adam Versteegh September 25, 2019 I bet if you put a shisha coal in that it would work Reply Quintin Castro September 26, 2019 I bet they work great in sneak attacks on an enemy incampment of in gorrila warfare Reply Jaesung Kim September 26, 2019 Why don't you just shoot Frenchmen at fire arrows? Reply NoOnes Home87 September 27, 2019 Fire arrows has been used in Olympics Reply Darth Vader September 27, 2019 Guy: why are breaking up? Girl: 3:00 Reply Nevem Nincs September 27, 2019 Hi! I am hungarian 10th century traditionalist. I have a bow of nearly fifty pounds. I shot with a fiery arrow. . 🙂 Rather, humidity is the influencing factor. Here in Hungary, in Kiskunság there is a constant drought. The humidity is low. However, in mountainous or near-sea areas, it can easily be extinguished. – I think you live in England (the weather is not conducive to this kind of activity) Reply Rich Jageman September 27, 2019 Sounds like a Monty Python skit at 5:06 Reply Deadshot Gaming September 27, 2019 Knowledge ✌️✌️✌️ Love you man Reply Brian September 28, 2019 Francis Bacon in the 1200s? Reply Hunter B September 28, 2019 I have been following you for years I was watched Alexander and was wondering if you could do a vid on how they took care of the wounded and dying after a battle Reply DarkSlidGamer September 29, 2019 "Sir sir sir!" What is it? "I got a new form of arrow that can not only go straight but also more Lethal" Oh? Then what is it? We've always admire a brilliant Craftsman! "iTs CaLlEd A bUlLeT" Reply Олесь Калашник September 29, 2019 I think that set fire to arrows is a way to signal their troops. Like modern flare guns. Reply 28geam k30l September 30, 2019 reminds me of some historical kdramas ive watched before Reply Nokia September 30, 2019 Lindy, you missed the most important part. They are cool and are spooky to be shot by. Reply Hammer 001 September 30, 2019 Have you tried wrapping the cloth in pig fat? Pig fat burns at a very high temperature, that’s why they were slaughtered and used to burn the props when undercutting castle walls. Why does everyone assume it must be some form of modern fuel to burn on an arrow? Reply Hellboy October 1, 2019 Greek fire? Reply illiterate thug October 1, 2019 Ice arrows would be a great stealth kill. All fire arrows do is cauterise the wound for your enemy. Reply Jack Doe October 2, 2019 i would imagine that wandering duck would taste quite nice once hunted with a bow, i did once have a nice barnett wildcat 3, hand made my own arrows from 3/8 dowel rod and .357 magnum, pressed and seated round, with a pipe cutter, the rear of cartridge can be cut off, that way the casing becomes a collar that can be tapped on over the dowel rod and the heavy lead weight of the projectile helps maintain stability in flight, a large mass, accelerated, i hunted ducks with mine, shot carp too Reply Ismaël Diallo October 3, 2019 Leave my French men alone Reply morti271 October 3, 2019 So what about catapulting rotten animal cadavers over walls into towns to spread illness and stuff? Reply Joseph Hew October 4, 2019 Might ass well use a ballista Reply Filip Dragicevic October 4, 2019 i just love the specific and completly simplifeid pointers on this man + the sarcasm is hilarius XD Reply John Berry Conway III October 5, 2019 what about coals? They get hotter when air is put to them. Coal arrows? Reply Michael C. October 5, 2019 "After going about a cubit" Reply Sef Iscool October 6, 2019 1:50 Lol an oil fire would get hotter through the air and stay in the air for pretty long Reply Peak Autism October 6, 2019 Solution 1. napalmSolution 2. why not more napalm?Solution 3.fuck it dose it in napalm Reply Arjay Martin October 6, 2019 Re the Tod's Workshop arrows v armour… Did plate mail really get pierced? Reply The Grammar Crusader October 6, 2019 "……that penetrate Frenchmen"Taking things out of context is fun Reply Ian Burrows October 7, 2019 I don't want to seem over critical but could you remove the thumb tacks from each upper corner please. I can't help but try to rub them of like a spot of dust on the screen it's really distracting. Reply superdeluxesmell October 7, 2019 Probably why they used dragons whenever they could. Reply hotrod 1217 October 8, 2019 What about napalm? Reply Sand king 3 Gaming October 10, 2019 Bro why penetrate armor W H E N Y O U C A NP E N E T R A T EF R E N C H M E N Reply Nunace October 10, 2019 The human body takes more energy to burn then it produces Reply Mr Tournesol October 10, 2019 As a frenchman, i am deeply offended. Perfide albion. Reply michal taylor October 10, 2019 I have a legit question. what about the fire arrows that they used for Olympic games, they work. Reply Wilson Bell October 11, 2019 Wouldn't whether or not the houses had thatched rooves be a pretty significant factor in how many arrows would catch? Reply Genevamode plays For Honor October 12, 2019 Seems like a good idea against thatched roofs though. Reply Cani Terrae October 13, 2019 Fire arrows were absolutely used in war, Lindy. The hell are you doing here? Burning down your credibility with fire arrows? Reply Diomepa October 14, 2019 First of all, Frenchmen had a habit of wearing jupons on their armor, so fire arrow would be actually dangerous for them.Arrows get stuck in it, they don't bounce off. Were they used – probably not, were not the cheapest to make. Second, we have numerous accounts of fire arrow" used against palisades and ships – which is kind of the point. There is reason why palisades were white washed, other than aesthetics. You have the regular burning rag variety. These were used, for both damage and "tracing". You can see surviving crossbow bolts in museums. Given much higher bolt speeds, they still somehow managed to keep them burning. Then you have the much more advanced "tube which spills flammable liquid". (Funnily romans used these) This is very efficient as even if 99% of don't make it to target alight, it takes one to light the whole thing. Again used in naval and siege warfare. And the metal cage is for solid fuel, such as embers. As you probably can imagine, the air flow actually makes them hotter. Reply Tomek_PL October 14, 2019 Not to mention that the crude oil & kerosene (used in these movies) was first used in 19th century. Reply Garret LeBuis October 14, 2019 2:07 Lloyd, there's refusing to acknowledge the metric system, and there's becoming belligerent in holding onto traditional methods of measurement. Reply Myron Platte October 15, 2019 fire arrows would be good against boats and buildings, of course using them against people would be stupid. Reply Special Bronze October 16, 2019 my favorite subject penetrating Frenchmen with arrows Reply Dom Vasta October 16, 2019 Chinese did fire arrows correctly, they put their oxidizer in with the fuel and sealed it up, meaning it would explode setting fire to everything in the vicinity of where the arrow landed. Reply Tambles Jambles October 16, 2019 A trebuchet would work Reply The Brit October 17, 2019 Well I’m not sure if this happened you could make it like a Molotov so get your arrow head just behind it put a lid screw then get a glass bottle them put a lid screw on the inside of the opening then screw The glass bottle onto the arrow then launch it it might be a bit heavy but that depends on the type of arrow or bottle you use not sure if it will work but it’s an idea oh and my grammar is horrible so sorry for any mistakes I made Reply Dirk Bastardrelief October 17, 2019 My girlfriend was a problem. But that problem turned out to be soluble, at least in a way. I dissolved her in acid. Get it? Problem Solued! Reply Manuelslayor October 17, 2019 I personaly think it might be posible. Well not as efective but psycholocical weapons. Like the STUKA which was rather outdated and not efective but the fear factor was its greates weapon Reply Manuelslayor October 17, 2019 Well im no expert and but i experimented with fire arows. Basicly coton thigtly packed with some gasoline with a second layer of uncodensed coton. Now i dont shot a warbow but that shit flared up and we had a 30cm radius burnt spot in our yard for the next year. And a idea i had is an arow that works like a molotov cocktail. They have a glas vile filled with a burning substance very liquid against armor more viscous against hauses etc. You basicly but the glas vile on there and youst need somthing aroumd it that emebrs and on impact it shaters and ignites. I got this idea because german 2cm incendiary amo litraly had a glas vile with phosperous inside. If glass is to expensive you probably could take some stomach and fill it to act like a waterbalom Reply icwiz October 18, 2019 what about arrows with material that's is like a glowing ember? What you put a piece of glowing red charcoal in that cage arrow? As they fly they will be very hot as the extra air would increase the burning. Then when they strike, they burst into flames. Like blowing on charcoal in a grill. Reply alex bluestein October 18, 2019 Ok, but how about fire bolts on a ballista, They are already massive, and since they are used for siege, burning things down is good. Reply Jordan Wu October 18, 2019 0:38 what ancient technology? China already got their portable lighters during the 5th century and you said europe don't have anything similar? And what radio are you talking about? You are assuming your ancestors are so stupid that can't tell time or use environmental signals to sync their action? They might not line up like that in reality, but this is not something they can't do. Reply Kamil Bigos October 18, 2019 What about Viking's burial? Are those fake too? Reply Rodrigo emiliano Ibarra garrido October 19, 2019 I’ve seen Mike Loads shoot fire arrows pretty effectively Reply Landon Ferino October 20, 2019 what if you had a porcelain sphere-shaped tip on the arrow, that was filled was oil or a highly flammable liquid, and there was a tiny hole in it were you could light it, and it would shatter on impact splattering the enemy with flaming liquid Reply Thefurry Destroyer9000 October 21, 2019 The Fire they use in Movies is straight out of Tartarus, obv!?! Reply micon ma October 23, 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmRf41SVHS4 Reply Quantum Ratio October 23, 2019 Somehow a waste of time… There are many examples/demonstrations of how fire arrows work.There are historical sources that prove it. All to say is, that the fire arrows/projectiles, like all weapons, are only useful in certain cases. Moreover, an open flame is not necessarily necessary to light something, it just needs to be hot enough, eg. glow. Throwing away a cigarette can cause a major fire.If flammable material is strongly blown, the flame may also be absent while the material is strongly annealing. Greek Fire or oil burns even when it's wet. Fabric impregnated with wax for e.g. burns like hell.Have you never played with fire? Reply sylveon 69 October 23, 2019 with modern technology could you coat an arrow in something like napalm that wont go out as easily? Reply Влад Тычинский October 26, 2019 Почему название на русском, а само видео на английком? Reply Tencups October 26, 2019 2:54 that's what she said Reply Aistis Narmontas October 26, 2019 If you want to set building ablaze you should send Uruk like one from Lord Of the Rings Two Towers. The one which was charging with a torch 😀 Reply AronFigaro October 29, 2019 This is accurate, as described. Fire arrows were not used in open battles. They were used to burn defenders out from a reasonably safe distance, or to cause potentially devastating fires aboard ships. Much cheaper than fire ships. Reply Jon Weik October 29, 2019 Sadly a simple Google search shows that fire arrows were very real and used mainly for any sort of siege , want to get defenders off the wall launch some fire arrows past them and hope it starts burning something if they don't already have groups set up to put out fires then the defenders on the wall now have to do that . Reply Rodrigo emiliano Ibarra garrido October 29, 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL4vnolCwLI Reply Jorgen Schill November 1, 2019 In 1200s wouldn't it rather be Roger Bacon?.. Even if he wasn't bothered with penetrating Frenchmen, being a monk. Reply Levi November 1, 2019 I have made flaming arrows and it was wrapped with denim at the end with zippo fluid never had a problem with it going out. Reply That One Guy 741 Turtles November 2, 2019 I thought they used fire arrows in early naval combat to catch the masts and decks Reply Ryan Potts November 3, 2019 The US Army used them to great effect along the swampy shorelines of the Mekong Delta Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.