Bibracte 58 B.C. Final

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Over the course of the battle Caesars legions initially took the brunt of the barbarian charge on the chin. Shield and boss against bodies, Pilum and Gladii flying and thrust against the swords swing, axe stab and hide bound armour of the Helvetii. Whilst the leadership of the tribes was no match for Romes generals and Legates they managed to withdraw bloodied and in some disarray to a hill

up from the River.

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Of Alexander, gods and bathrooms: Why the Afghans can’t ‘get their shit together’ | The Best Defense

Of Alexander, gods and bathrooms: Why the Afghans can’t ‘get their shit together’ | The Best Defense.

By Doyle Quiggle

Best Defense department of classical studies

A few minutes before the beginning of a Greek mythology class at FOB Fenty, Jalalabad, for which I’d prepared to lecture on Alexander the Great’s swift invasion but treacherous occupation of Afghanistan, my best student stomped into the classroom, slammed his M4 down on the table, and announced, “I can’t take their shit anymore!”

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Bibracte – Intermission

Historically the Helvetii withdrew part way thru the battle.

Some quick comments and thoughts about that.

The Gaulish tribes are not know for their subtlety when it comes to tactics. I try to reflect that here, and if these leader ratings are worth anything your choices are pretty limited in any case!

 

 

Dawns Early Light by Brad Smith

http://hexsides.blogspot.jp/2012/03/dawns-early-light-some-thoughts-on.html (repost)

I’ve been getting back into Corps Command:  Dawn’s Early Light recently and here are some things I’ve started to understand about different Soviet and NATO strategies.  I’m writing this article as advice for beginners to the series.  I’m definitely not a tactical genius (as my opponents will surely attest) but I think this is a good basic guide for those who are interested in this under-rated gem of a game.

Soviets:  I used to lose as the Soviets all the time.  The reason was that I would basically just run up to NATO units and hammer away on them until I destroyed enough units to make an advance.  If you’re very lucky, this strategy might work but the inherent NATO firepower advantage means that you’re playing into their hands by adopting this strategy.  You might take out a few NATO units but your Soviets will be so utterly decimated by that time, you won’t have enough strength to take your objective.

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