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Battle Name : Sluys

Date(s) : 24 June 1340

Part of : The Hundred Years war ,

Outcome : A victory for English Fleet over French Fleet

Type of battle : Sea


The French fleet were threatening an invasion of England. Edward led the English fleet in an attack on the French who were gathered in the port of Sluys. The French could not manoeuvre to take advantage of their greater numbers and they were overwhelmingly defeated. Sluys is a classic example of medieval naval tactics where the ships formed a floating battlefield on which 'normal' land based tactics were used.


In the estuary of the river Zwin, opposite the town of Sluys.