Battle of Sluys, 24 July 1340
The first major battle of the Hundred Years War, Sluys was a dramatic naval victory for Edward III. The French ships were chained together, while the English remained mobile, and were able to destroy the French fleet - 200 French ships were lost, while only thirty escaped. Sluys began the process of recovering the reputation of English arms after the low-point of Bannockburn, and also saw the start of Edward III's successful military career.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (23 August 2000), Battle of Sluys, 24 July 1340, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_sluys.html