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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Here's another quick strategic sketch, apologies to Dad's Army. The red being the Roman advance from Mona from the NW along Watling Street, the expectation to Legio II coming up the Fosse Way. The smaller ones are regrouping of IX from Longthorpe in the East and the return of a recce party up Watling Street.

The ominous threat is in green and deliberately vaguely broad arrow, as Paulinus would have had an idea of their geographic origin and a general direction of travel. High Cross comes into play as a key point to hold but it's topography is weak as a crossroads clearly it has open flanks. So the RV should be in easy reach of the communications for an assembly but defensible, securing High Cross and the recently garrisoned stations to Mona.

The other option is all Roman parties try to safely head towards London, we know this was easily rejected as a defendable site by Paulinus so it is unlikely to have been the RV arranged with Legio II and to get to it along Watling Street the main columns Eastern flank is open to an unknown threat all the way. So why bring your whole lumbering column south of an obvious RV for Legio II. Cavalry recce of London still looks a good one for me, the commander getting an exciting feel for the situation rather than supervising a big dull logisitcs move to a pre-selected RV, was the recce party even the bait to bring the Iceni to the chosen battle site?

[attachment=11916]RomanAssembly1.jpg[/attachment]

Does this indicate that Dunstable is just too close to the enemy. Is it an RV established so close to the enemy territory and slap bang opposite their front door that it stands a good chance of being overrun before the Roman forces can be assembled? In this scenario the Iceni would be coming from the East along the ridge top and the valleys to the north and the south making this site look like a very risky proposition indeed.

This would make the orange bands above the preferred search zones (weighting favoured), not too close to the enemy to preclude a drawn out assemble period, yet not so far away to make a battle unlikely.


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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 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
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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM
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