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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Quote:He assumes the II are going to come to join him by approaching up Fosse Way... The route up Akeman Street or the Icknield Way leaves the II column open to potential attack from the south.

A route up the Fosse Way would have the IInd actually moving away from the place where Paulinus would need them... Far more reasonable, if he wanted to link up with them, to have the legion move due east via Silchester, or reroute onto Akeman if London had already fallen. Who would be threatening this route from the south? Cogidubnus?

Good point about the IInd moving towards P, not vice versa, though.


Quote:there are very few reasons for an Ox cart bound horde to follow that new fangled routes when all the former routes (probably in valleys and on ridges) are still know and used.

Imagine you're the leader of a vast tribal horde intent on destroying the Romans. Do you:

a) take your force off to the nearest river network, load them and all your wagons into boats and barges and set off slowly upriver, then unload again and head west along winding tracks hoping to bump into the Romans?

OR

b) follow this massive dead-straight paved road that will take you and your army directly to where the Romans are?

:razz:


Quote:it may have been a known strategic location since the conquest, possibly even garrisoned or stock piled.

May have been... but where's the evidence? ;-)


Quote:Was the round trip to London a PR exercise?

Could be... But Tacitus says that P had originally intended to fight a battle at London. We'd need good reasons to suspect he didn't.
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 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 Nathan Ross - 09-17-2012, 04:00 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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