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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Quote:the cavalry were placed on the wings/ridge tops to defend those locations as opposed to being up there in order to sweep down upon the enemy... operating rather differently to the norm I guess.

My Dunstable scenario has the cavalry operating entirely conventionally - stationed at the wings and attacking the flanks of the enemy in downhill charges.

The point about stopping outflanking attempts over the ridges refers more to the deployment stages of the battle: the presence of large bodies of Roman cavalry on the high ground would probably have been enough to deter all but the most determined callers...

The kind of irregular light cavalry and infantry skirmishers available to the Britons would not have stood much chance attacking uphill against the Roman horsemen, and if any made the attempt to gain the high ground to either side of the position then brief Roman counter-attacks could have driven them back before the main battle commenced.

Meanwhile, as finding things in this monstrous thread is getting tricky, here's my old Dunstable map again, with what I would imagine to be the Roman plan of attack...

[attachment=11126]Dunstable3.jpg[/attachment]

Bear in mind that by the time the cavalry launched their attacks the Britons would probably have advanced to only 10-15 meters short of the Roman infantry line, with smaller bodies perhaps spreading up the slopes to either side to oppose the auxiliaries and cavalry; the mass of Britons would therefore have filled most of the available space, meaning the Roman charges would have had less ground to cover before meeting the enemy.


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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 - 11-06-2014, 10:28 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
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