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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(12-13-2017, 10:30 AM)MonsGraupius Wrote: Is this the same site as Nathan suggested or a different site?

Deryk's suggested site is further to the west than mine, and orientated differently.

I believe he originally proposed it here. More details here (and following), with some maps and plans following on from here. There may be other sections of discussion that I've missed - unfortunately a lot of the maps etc are hard to access due to the change of boards.

It's a very good site, although I still have the same problems with it that I had before!

The valley is very constrained, and the Romans would stand a good chance of getting trapped in there. It would hard for Paulinus to retain communication with troops on the high ground, so his force could get split up into separate sections.

The biggest problem though, for me, is that this position appears to be very easy to outflank. As I've said before, the Britons would be approaching the general area along Akeman/the Bulbourne valley, heading north-west. But Paulinus would be positioned futher to the west, facing north or north-east. It would seem quite easy for the Britons to divert west off the line of Akeman, up relatively gentle slopes on to the high ground, which would bring them out behind - and above - Paulinus. If they just followed the Ridgeway up through Wiggington, or Grim's Ditch, they could end up surrounding the Romans completely.

If Paulinus wanted to defend against attacks from this direction, he'd have to split off sections of his already-small force and have them manning fortifications or something to block the route - in effect fighting on two or more fronts, or leaving some troops out of the main battle altogether.

I would agree that the note about ambushes relates to the ground in front of P's position - such a careful general would not place his men in a position where there was any chance of being ambushed from behind.
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 - 12-13-2017, 12:03 PM

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