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

If we look at the cuneus formation that Tacitus mentions, it would seem that the idea of Paulinus would be to smash through the enemy lines or force them backwards in confusion. The depth of the line is critical which will determine the width of the line.

We know that the legionaries could form the cuneus as could the Batavians. That would give around 8500 men (4500 Fourteenth Legion, 1500 Twentieth Legion, 2500 Batavains) + 500 Archers another 500 local Auxiliaries and 1000 cavalry (2 Allae).

8,500 men - 8 deep gives about 1000 yards infantry front.

This front would typically get swallowed up up against a horde.

If that is the case (and of course it is debatable) the topography and the width of the battle area would be key with limited exits from the field. The waggons might limit the depth of the battle field but actually the depth of the "horde" is probably critical.

If it is too deep and crowded they couldn't be turned. If it is open at the sides they can open up and expand again and surround the Romans.

So that seems to indicate that there was space between the Brythonic army and the waggons.

This does mean that there are very few sites that are viable for the battle and that the entrance and exits from the battle site, slopes etc. are all key. That is apart from the defile, plain and access to water.

Kind Regards - Deryk
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 - 09-14-2012, 03:31 AM
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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