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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
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That one works a lot better - thanks.

Your camps still appear to be on very uneven ground! Don't see much of a water supply either (and for a camp that might be occupied for some days, that's a problem...)

Your 'Division 1' is just about where I'd assumed it would be - that's the place that makes the best use of the location, in my opinion.

The other 'divisions', though... Dio does say that T divided his force into three, but when the original force is so heavily outnumbered, this would be crazy unless the three 'divisions' are able to work closely together. A main infantry force in the defile with cavalry and light troops on heights to either flank would work fine - the three sections could be easily coordinated and cooperate towards the same end.

Your division, however, does not allow for coordination - in effect, you're having the Romans fight three separate mini-battles, which increases the chances of their being beaten piecemeal. Each division is fairly small, and SP has no reserves - if any get into trouble, there's nothing he could do to help them. He'd lose a third of his army and have his flank turned.

Besides, your two eastern divisions are apparently stationed in response to flanking attacks that haven't happened yet! Unless the Britons did decide to attack up those exact valleys, you'd have half the Roman force sitting around waiting for an attack that never comes, while their mates get chopped to bits over to the west...

I can only see this working if the Roman force keeps together with a strong infantry centre, as T describes. The cuneus 'wedge' formation was probably very deep, rather like an attack column, It was very hard to outflank, and could only be opposed by a strong formation of disciplined infantry, which the Britons didn't have. Against a crowd of unarmoured warriors in open order it would have been devastating.

The two cavalry 'divisions' on the flanks would keep the Britons herded together and stop them spilling away to either side. This also suggests, actually, that T's 'open plain' was somewhat closed at the sides by slopes, allowing the cavalry to more effectively harrass and hem the Britons in.

I still like this location though, if you could keep it to the one 'division'. There's still a problem with the steepness of the eastern hill isolating the right flank troops, and nowhere very tempting as a camp site. But the topography fits at least, which is something!
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 - 09-05-2013, 11:45 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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