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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
A good effort with Tring Deryk, it’s now on my long list but not near the top on the basis of the convoluted movements suggested by Nathan (why not the valley marked "Braidnidge Wood on Nathans plan?).

I’ve tried to get my head around the principle of a woodland to the rear to defend Paulinus’ selected site. There are few “woodlands” that would form an effective barrier to British infantry, and in most cases woodland would be a positive benefit to the Brits, no open field deployment or effective cavalry ground which the Romans tended to rely on. The conclusion I have come to (albeit from a CS biased position) is that one of the only “woodland” typologies that makes a worthwhile barrier would be riparian willow alder scrub. Most climax woodland would not be an obstruction, having a nice open floor, this would be particularly true of the beech forests that would be my best guess for the uplands around Tring

http://www.hef.org.uk/nature/biodiversit...eology.pdf

Any force moving through the dense thicketed swamps that are willow alder scrub would take an age to move and would have a hell of a job forming up in meaningful numbers before leaving cover. I’m using this argument at CS to suggest that the Nene tributary valleys, that form an almost complete circuit around the “Y” shaped ridge, were, prior to improvement, dense willow alder thickets with broad streams and wide ponds.

If you are down south a great way to experience this impenetrable mess is to go to the southern end of Gunpowder Park and try to get between point 3 and 7 on this orienteering map, they call it impassable, I agree. It’s a landscape typology we have almost wiped out in the UK over 2000 years but must have been common in 61AD.

http://maps.brooner.co.uk/show_map.php?u...oner&map=2

Hopefully one day we’ll core at CS to see if this habitat was present, it makes a strong case for the eastern approach to the CS complex, rather than the southern one.

Congratulations on your new candidate.
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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 John1 - 08-27-2013, 04:31 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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