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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Deryk welcome to the endless debate, what happens over the next few days is entirely YOUR FAULT, we had managed to lay off for a few months......

As to your points, the main contenders in terms of this thread have been;

Silchester 56 miles
Paulerspury 61 miles
Dunstable 36.5 miles
Arbury 40 miles
Church Stowe 76 miles
High Cross 88 miles
Mancetter 109 miles
mileage according to the AA so a bit of flexibility built in

so only 2 or three fit the bill, so I'd say 50 miles is Nathan's way of ruling out the competition :twisted:

It also assumes the Brits were following the Roman roads, I'd prefer to see them forming up and drawing on more back up to the east and using alternative routes to advance to contact, rather than the "Roman Road Parade" that still seems to be the cornerstone of most campaign models. A deserted London and St Albans could just have been torched by satellite groups to the main force which stayed close to home.

The two army theory may be plausible and not one I had considered, but again gets me thinking about mustering a huge Brit force close to the battle site. The muster could have taken place over a couple of days or longer, even if the Brits were in one large group. The logistics of such a huge scratch force are hard to compute, but they would not have been efficient. For Church Stowe I'm speculating they formed up somewhere like Hunsbury Hill before proceeding en masse to the main event.

The Church Stowe scenario has the advantage of blocking a Roman threat from the North West to a move down the Nene and Ouse Vallies into the East Anglian territories, so such a location may be far from leaving the "homelands undefended". If anyone knows of pre-Roman transport corridors in this area I'd love to know a bit about them as I have previously gone off on one about the importance of the river network to the Brits. I have heard there is some work being done on that area as some sort of "common ground" between tribes for trade but have yet to see this published, I think it came out of a review of Portable Antiquities data. Certainly with Hunsbury Hill, Arbury Hill, Borough Hill and Castle Dykes there seems to be an excess of Iron Age Hill fort type things in the area and the area remains a strategic bottle neck to this day being effectively "Watford Gap".
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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 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 John1 - 08-04-2012, 06:25 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
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