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

I've mentioned before that we don't have to imagine the wagons sealing off the plain. The fleeing Britons would have run to the wagons, as they held their wives, families and possessions. To Roman eyes this might have looked like they'd trapped themselves - but it's instinctive behaviour in a rout.

I have to admit that I think that Nathan has a really good point here and there must have been a time when the warriors realised that they had lost and rushed back perhaps to their waggons to escape WITH their waggons and families.

The point then may have been that it was difficult for the waggons to get away as well and the resulting melee allowed so much killing.

John wrote:

This has set me thinking, the waggon park must have been fairly densely parked up to impede the hordes flight and was being used as a viewing platform. This implies there was;
a) time to park the wagons as a grandstand
b) the wagon park was somehow constrained on the flanks, (possibly by terrain or water courses)
c) the point of predicted impact must have been fairly obvious and at a set range, I suspect it would have to have been within about 400m of the grandstand for it have provided a worthwhile vantage point.


John has a great point about the waggons being able to see the fighting.

If the plain is flat you would not be able to see the action, so the plain must have been on a slope. The other interesting point that he implies is that the Roman army must have been in a position which was both attractive for the Brythons to attack and allows them to draw up their waggons.

Finally the waggons being constrained by the landscape BUT easy to get onto to "plain".

At Cunetio all these points are catered for.


Vindex wrote:


The Romans withdrew to a strategic point and waited to join battle with the Britons under the leadership of Boudicca. They were not ambushed, nor were they trapped; they fought on ground of their choosing.

Cunetio is a position that is highly defendable and a place that can be used for both attack and for escape if necessary......

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Kind Regards - 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 - 09-15-2012, 03:04 AM
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