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March with Julius Caesar and
his legions in the conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC. The unit mix includes legions,
auxiliaries, fleets and tribal war bands.
In AD 533 the eastern Roman
Emperor Justinian began the reconquest of the west from the barbarian peoples
who had overrun it the century prior. One player commands the Romans, the other
the Vandals; both maneuver units representing comitatenses (elite regulars),
tribal warbands, fleets and limitanei militia.
the summer of 1189, the army of the nascent Third Crusade had lain siege to the
Muslim-held fortress of Acre on the Levantine coast. Saladin deployed his
lightly-armed, highly-mobile field army to break the siege. In a swirling clash
of cavalry and archers on 4 October, Saladin was repulsed by the heavily-armed
the summer of 1191, Richard Lionheart’s Crusader army marched down the
Levantine coast in a tight battle formation to preclude an attack by the
shadowing Muslim army of Saladin. Near Arsuf on 7 September, Saladin finally
attacked. Repeated Muslim assaults could gain no traction, and Sladin’s host
finally was dispersed by a massed attack of Crusader knights.
fought on 24 February 1525, near the birth of the pike-and-shot period of
warfare, was the deciding clash in the long contest for Italy between Valois
France and Habsburg Spain. Fought in the jumbled terrain of a hunting preserve,
the French reliance on heavy cavalry bested by the firepower of Spain’s loose
of the largest battles of its time, Breitenfeld was fought on 17 September
1631, near the mid-point of the Thirty Years’ War. It was a clash of styles as
well as armies, the flexible, open formation of Gustavus Adolphus’ Swedes
facing the massive pike blocks of the Imperial tercios. The new order won the
day as the nimble Swedes isolated, then destroyed each tercio.
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