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Friday, 28 March 2014

Battle of Towton: Remembered.

Members and supporters of The National Front Will be commemorating the fallen warriors of the Battle of Towton on Palm Sunday, April 13 at 1pm. All Patriots are welcome to attend.
Please meet at:
The Rockingham Arms
Main Street
Towton
Tadcaster
North Yorkshire
LS24 9PB
12:00 - 12:30.

Towton may not have been an isolated event, but it was certainly unique. As well as its claims to be the biggest, longest and bloodiest battle on English soil, it was probably the most brutal. Such as been the length and exceptional uncertainty of the first War of the Roses, that the size of the two forces had expanded exponentially, so had their viciousness, which by the time of Towton had moved beyond victorious nobles taking swift revenge on defeated rivals and expanded to encompass retribution amongst the common soldiery. By Towton, the two armies had become regional in nature, the Lancastrians being stronger in the North; whilst the Yorkists had found it easier to recruit in the South, the West and in Wales also. They had one thing in common, the soldiers now demonised their opponents as alien, different, even sub-human. A struggle of factions had become a ''Race War'' overlapping a civil war. Thus when one side finally and after many hours of fighting, broke in flight and found itself trapped on the battlefield, there was little chance of escape and NONE of SURRENDER. That taken with the killing power of the Medieval Longbow at the onset of the battle helps to explain such extraordinary casualty figures, it also explains the resonate names of places on the battlefield today, such names as, Bloody Meadow and the Bridge of Bodies.

Selby District Council held a meeting on January 8th (2014) to discuss allowing travellers to settle on or near the Battlefield of Towton, especially near the area where mass graves were discovered in 1996. This should not be allowed or even considered. This area should be treated as 'Hallowed Ground'.

Final thought.

On March 29th 1461, the rolling, blizzard swept, fields and ridges around Towton were the backdrop of the bloodiest battle of the culminating wars. As Lancastrian and Yorkist armies furiously hacked, slashed and stabbed their way across the battlefield, the political future of England hung in the balance. By battle's end, some 29,000 soldiers of both sides had been slaughtered in the name of a civil war, those tragic outcomes were its fatal positing of Englishman against Englishman, the way in which those who led the forces put personal aims, gains and intrigues before the greater good of their Motherland and their fellow Sons of Arthur.
By attending this Act of Remembrance on Palm Sunday, we are showing the Establishment that WE care for our history, we must NEVER let this day in our history in which thousands of our ancestors perished be forgotten and be laid to waste.

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