A head and shoulders image of King Robert the Bruce

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Archers were a deadly force in medieval warfare, able to move quickly and launch attacks on infantry troops. The Welsh, in particular, were renowned for their archery skills and both King Edward and King Edward the Second had huge Welsh archery divisions in their armies. Archers were responsible for the defeat of William Wallace's army at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298, and Robert the Bruce would remember this many years later in 1314. At Bannockburn the Bruce kept a small lightweight cavalry unit in reserve to tackle any enemy archer divisions. When the English managed to maneuver archers to outflank the Scots the Bruce ordered the cavalry to attack and disperse them. During the Hundred Years War with France King Henry V of England would compose his army mainly of archers and this ultimately led to England's victory in many of the decisive battles.