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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Vindex wrote:
 
I think Pauliinus knew exactly where he was going and where he wanted to be to exploit his cavalry and restrict the Britons' chariots. A bit like Wellington going over Waterloo and Quatre Bras the year before the major engagement with Napoleon.
 
Contemporary sources state the following:
 
.....he was not willing to risk a conflict with the barbarians immediately, as he feared their numbers and their desperation but was inclined to postpone battle to a more convenient season.
 
then
 
….but as he grew short of food and the barbarians pressed relentlessly upon him, he was compelled, contrary to his judgement, to engage them.

I do agree that any Governor would understand the topography of the Province and therefore would know many defendable areas.
 
He must have known the road network and any outstanding features and also dispositions of his own forces and the enemy and their numbers from scouting and intelligence but whether he would have imagined an uprising by the allied or conquered tribes is a moot point.
 
So I think that although he may have known of Chivery Top (which is made up of three extremely high hills with outstanding views of the surrounding country side) especially as his expertise had been associated with mountains and the site was near the only municipium in the Province,  I am not necessarily sure that he originally intended to fight the Brythons here.
 
So many of his plans had to be changed because of a constantly fluid situation and rather than attack the perpetrators of the uprising he was forced to retreat.
 
Having said that, when he was pushed into yet another decision to engage the enemy he would have known the best local place to defend and as we know there were a number of possibilities depending on the route he took.
 
Therefore I would agree that he chose a site that he already knew was best for his cavalry and restricted the Brythons’ chariots.

Deryk
 
        
Deryk
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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
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
RE: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand. - by Theoderic - 11-20-2015, 08:40 PM

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