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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Nathan wrote:

Any battle position is intended to address an enemy advancing from a particular direction. Lack of 360 degree tactical dominance should not be an issue, I think!

My thought was that (lets say) that he took up positions facing South with the Icknield Way crossing the Watling Street 2 miles behind him this was a very risky position for a general who had ensured that his rear could not be attacked through the woods. The same argument apples if he is facing North and then he would be open to attack from the South as well.

As the A5 goes directly through the battle site this would be unavoidable.

Nathan wrote:

The position is in a defile, so defensible from any direction except sw-ne along the hilltops, which are inaccessible to wheeled transport

Before you get to the defile itself the hills leading up to the ridge on the East from the South allow chariots and infantry to ascend the ridge. (Currently there are roads running West to East up these hills from the valley floor)

I acknowledge that cavalry would have been there but it is likely that we are only talking about 500 on each wing whereas there was a host of Brythons.

Nathan wrote:

I mentioned this in point 5 of this post. A position in the Chilterns could act as a deterrent to insurrection in the Midlands. Abandoning Watling Street could allow such insurrection to spread unchecked and split the province. But why 'in a subordinate's care'?


I have re-read the post 5 and there is a huge amount that we can agree on and I am surprised how much I have picked up in the past few weeks - so thank you.... I will discuss this later with you.

The "subordinates's care" remark is that if we accept that the Fourteenth is left preparing the battle site in the Midlands who is overseeing this work in an acknowledged area of danger?
Deryk
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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 Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Deryk - 08-23-2012, 03:07 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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