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002 Catalaunian Fields (451 AD) Roman Left

Victory Results:
 57 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  43 %
Total plays 7 - Last reported by g1ul10 on 2019-10-13 21:30:14

Historical Background

Attila had a pretext for invading Gaul. Honoria, the older sister of the Western Roman Emperor, appealed directly to Attila to escape an arranged marriage.
Attila eagerly accepted the ‘proposal’ and demanded a dowry of half the Western Empire. The Emperor refused and ordered Aetius, a very capable soldier and diplomat, to build a coalition army to meet the expected invasion. His Roman units and their Gallic auxiliaries formed less than half of the army. The remainder were Alans and Visigoths who reluctantly joined because their fear of the Huns was greater than their hatred of the Romans. Attila’s army contained even more nationalities, but the superb Hun horsemen were the largest component. On the day of battle, both commanders formed their armies into three divisions as was customary. Attila’s right flank consisted of an ad hoc collection of subject nationalities - primarily Franks, Gepids and Burgundians with no overall commander.
The Gepids were most numerous but had lost heavily covering Attila’s retreat from Orleans. The Ostrogoths made up Attila’s left wing. In the center were the fearsome Huns. Attila expected his Huns to face the Romans, but Aetius had other plans. He had received rumors of possible Alan perfidy, and placed that contingent in the center, bolstered by the Romans on the left and the Visigoths on the right. Attila first tried to outflank Aetius by attacking the Romans with Huns from his center, but the attack failed. Tellingly, the Germanic right wing held back. Attila then launched his main attack against the Alans in the center, but they resisted fiercely before being overwhelmed. The Huns pursued the Alan remnants, ignoring the untouched Romans on their flank. Aetius promptly attacked the Hun’s exposed flank while sending part of his wing to push back the wavering Gepids. At the same time the Visigoths routed the Ostrogoths on the other flank and were attacking the Hun’s left flank and rear. Attila knew his army would be destroyed if he held his ground, so he ordered a rapid retreat to his wagon laager camp.
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The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?

War Council

Hun Army (Use Tan blocks)

• Leader: Attila
• 5 Command Cards
• 3 Inspired Action tokens

Roman Army (Use Purple blocks)

• Leader: Aetius
• 5 Command Cards
• 4 Inspired Action tokens
• Move First

Victory

7 Banners

Special Rules

  • The Hun Medium and Heavy Cavalry units are armed with bows. Place a bow marker on these units.
  • The Gepid Heavy Cavalry units are not armed with bows. Place a non-bow marker on these units.
  • The Roman Medium and Heavy Cavalry units are not armed with bows. Place a non-bow marker on these units.
  • The Alan Heavy Cavalry units are armed with bows. Place a bow marker on these units.
  • The Marne River is impassable.

 

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g1ul10 replied the topic: #129 4 days 16 hours ago
two games, the first won by Hun 7-4, the second by Roman 7-2

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