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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
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Quote:I have always considered that tactically, Paulinus may have considered the following:
Hmm, I'm experiencing a strange sense of Deja Vu...! (or are you just reminding us to stop repeating ourselves, Moi? :wink: )

Quote:I think Legio II AVG played a major role in this battles location and outcome merely by the fact that they never materialised/turned up to fight, but for what reasons?
I think you could be right. As I said above somewhere, Poenius Postumus was in a difficult position - he was only the Praefectus Castrorum, not a legate, and a wrong move could have cost him his career (in the event, of course, it cost him his life!). It's commonly believed that II Augusta failed to leave their base - whether Gloucester, Exeter or somewhere else. But all Tacitus said is that Postumus 'failed to obey an order'. So he could have been moving, but just not quickly enough. Or perhaps he was confused by the contradictory orders coming from Paulinus as he feinted around trying to find a good spot for the battle, and decided that discretion was the better part of valour?

Either way, Paulinus had some reason to delay the battle, and as he was running short of supplies and the enemy were 'pressing upon him', it must have been a good one. Waiting for II Augusta may have been that reason. We don't know when he learned that they weren't going to show up, but his delaying tactics after leaving London implies there was still a possibility that they might reach him in time.
Nathan Ross
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Nathan Ross - 02-18-2012, 03:15 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM

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