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Historical Overview Section

Sir John Hawkwood (1320-1394) was an English mercenary or condottiero in 14th century Italy. Hawkwood served first the Pope and then various factions in Italy for over 30 years. In the beginning of the 1360s Hawkwood had risen to be commander of the White Company. In 1363 Hawkwood's men were part of the companies that the marquis of Montferrato hired and led over the Alps to fight a war against Milan. Afterwards, Hawkwood and his troops remained in Italy.

In the following years, the White Company fought under many banners and switched sides many times. In 1364, it fought for the Italian Condotta state of Pisa against Florence. In 1369, Hawkwood fought for Perugia against the Papal forces. In 1370, he joined Bernabò Visconti in his war against an alliance of cities including Pisa and Florence. In 1372, he fought for Visconti against his former master, the Marquis of Monferrato. After that, he resigned his command and the White Company moved to the service of the Pope for a time.

By the 1390s Hawkwood became a commander-in-chief of the Italian Condotta army of Florence in the war against the expansion of Gian Galeazzo Visconti of Milan. Hawkwood's army invaded Lombardy and was within ten miles of Milan before he had to retreat over Adige river. Later in the year, forces under his command defended Florence and later defeated the Milanese force of Jacopo dal Verme. Eventually Visconti sued for peace. Contemporary opinion in Florence regards Hawkwood as a savior of Florence's independence against Milanese expansion.

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CLWC 2022 Watling - 3rd place
Brilliant Included
3 Mounted Men at Arms Heavy knight impact
3 Mounted Men at Arms Heavy knight
Brilliant Unreliable
1 Foot men at arms Knight on foot ------
3 Foot men at arms Heavy swordsmen 2HW ----
3 English Archers Longbowmen Elite
2 Brigans Medium swordsmen ----
1 Handgunner Light infantry firearm Elite
2 English Archers Medium swordsmen longbow
2 Lesser men at arms Medium cavalry impact

CLWC 2022 list
1 French or gascons (0-4) Crossbowmen ------
5 English archers (0-6) Medium swordsmen longbow stakes ------
2 Replace all ribauds and peasants (0-2) Medium swordsmen Mediocre
2 Replace all Brigans (2-4) Medium spearmen ----
Ordinary Included Unreliable
1 Foot men-at-arms * (4-12) (elite x4) Knight on foot Elite
5 Foot men-at-arms * (4-12) Heavy swordsmen armour 2HW ------
2 Light infantry Light infantry firearm Elite
Ordinary Included
2 Mounted men at arms * (0-6) Heavy knight impetuous
2 Lesser men at arms (0-2) Medium cavalry impact

Beachhead 2022 v4 list
2 LH Bow
1 HCv Impact
1 Knight Impact
Brilliant General
4 Foot Knights
1 LF Javlein
2 HI 2HW
Included Unreliable General
1 HCv Impact
5 Kn Impact
1 LF
Brilliant General

230 Free Company (Dewberry - Britcon 2019)
Competent Included
1 HKn Impact Elite
3 HKn Impact
1 HCv Impact
1 Foot Knight Elite
2 Longbow Stakes Elite
1 Handgunner Elite
1 Brigand Mediocre Sword
3 Foot Knights
1 HCv Impact
1 Handgunner Elite
1 Hvy Artillery
2 Peasant Levy
1 Brigand Mediocre

List from Derby 2017
Competent Included
6 Heavy Knights Heavy knight
1 medium Cavalty impact Medium cavalry impact
9 heavy Swordsman two handed weapon Heavy swordsmen 2HW
2 Light Infantry Javelin Light infantry javelin
2 Infantry Crossbow Light infantry crossbow
1 medium Cavalry impact Medium cavalry impact

300 Points - Villefontaine 2019

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2 heavy Knights impetuous elite
1 heavy Knights impact
1 longbowmen elite
1 crossbowmen
2 LI crossbow

  • Competent

2 heavy swordsmen 2HW
2 longbowmen elite
1 crossbowmen
1 LI javelin elite
2 heavy cavalry impact

  • Competent unreliable

5 heavy armored swordsmen 2HW
1 longbowmen
1 crossbowmen
1 LI javelin elite
1 médium cavalry impact

  • Ordinary unreliable included in Heavy Knight impact elite

4 Knights on foot elite
1 LI crossbow

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