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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(09-02-2016, 06:13 PM)Alecto Wrote: I'm only on page 3 here...

I think it was around page 3 that we were discussing Nic Fuentes's idea of Virginia Water. Fuentes makes a good case for a western retreat, or at least a non-Midlands site.

Leatherhead, and the Surrey Hills gap generally, look quite good - the problem is the river Mole running right through the middle of it. We did discuss a proposed site just to the west of Box Hill, which was great, except for the river...

However, any western or southern site would face two problems, I think (which we've mentioned before, but a bit of a recap is always good!):

1. By withdrawing in either of these directions, Paulinus would leave the rebels an open route home. They could go back to their lands in East Anglia with their plunder, and he'd have to lead an expedition against them on their home ground. Besides, it would look like he'd run away from a fight, which wouldn't play well back in Rome...

2. He would be giving up his connection via Watling Street with his main army in Wales. He still had several thousand men up there, plus his campaign headquarters in (probably) Wroxeter.

I realise, actually, that the presence of the army in Wales would count against any protracted campaign. If the war lasted more than twenty days or so, Paulinus could have summoned reinforcements from his other legions, and would have had more than ten thousand at the final battle.
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 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 Nathan Ross - 09-02-2016, 10:30 PM

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