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Jeanne was an aggressive military commander who always opted for offense instead of defense. Personally, she was a skilled horseman and swordsman, but tactically, she knew how to direct armies and place gunpowder artillery.
She was successful when she had the troops and the cannons to either match or overpower her opponents, but when she fought in overwhelming circumstances, she could not pull off a brilliant victory. In fact, the lack of cannons to match her opponents attributed directly to all four of her losses.
Historians have penned thousands of books that focus on this teenager’s gender, her influence on the Hundred Years War, and her canonization, but this paper aims to examine Jeanne’s contribution to the battlefield. While Jeanne’s aggressive approach to war and her skill with artillery made her a formidable opponent, they were also her greatest weakness and led to her eventual capture at Compiègne.