|First moves ...|
|The attack of the Alamannic warbands|
|Roman cataphracts charging|
The cataphracts, heavily outnumbered, have been able to inflict some casualties to the Alamannic cavalry, but in the end they have been forced to rout due to the numeric advantage of the enemy.
Furthermore, the Alamannic cavalrymen were supported by a good number of skirmishers, who were able to hit and to wound the Roman horses.
|Melee involving Roman and Alamannic cavalry|
During the melee, archers of both sides didn't chease to throw arrows against the enemy shooting from behind their lines, inflicting some casualty.
|Clash of infantry|
After two or three rounds of combat, Roman first line has been near to collapse.
Even if the Alamans had lost their initial impetus, the numeric advantage and the deployment in depth of the Alamans were more than a matter of concern for the Romans.
Julian has been forced to issue orders to the second line to advance and help the first line, while the initial massive deployment of the Alamans had been fragmented due to the more flexible Roman lineup.
|Warbands vs legions|
|Warbands vs legions|
|Warbands line begins to fragment|
While this happened in the centre, in the Roman right wing the Roman medium cavalry has assaulted the Alamannic cavalrymen, who were tired after the fight against the cataphracts.
In the same time, Julian has advanced and has stopped the fleeing cataphracts, who have been able to regroup, but who were too fatigued to suddenly return to fight.
Hit by the Roman second strike, the Alamannic cavalry, even if they doubled the number of their Roman counterpart, have begun to retreat.
|Roman medium cavalry charging|
|Cataphracts taking casualties|
|Julian regrouping fleeing cataphracts|
In the centre, the Roman auxilia in the centre - left and centre - right, supported and refreshed by the second line, have started to push the Alamannic warriors, who have begun to give way and retreat.
In the very centre the Alamannic nobles have leaded a fierce resistance against the pushing legions.
After having taken lots of casualties, the right side of the Alamannic warbands has taken the flight, and the same was near to happen to the warriors deployed in the left side of the warbands.
|Roman second line moving forward|
|Roman second line on battle|
|Alamannic bloc disrupted|
The Alamannic light infantry in the wood has tried to attack their Roman counterpart, but the fate of the Alamans was already decided.
The Alamannic cavalry, pushed by the Roman medium cavalry and hit by the horse archers, has run away, chased by the Roman cavalrymen.
|Melee between opposite light infantry|
|Alamannic cavalry fleeing|
In the centre, the Alamannic warbands have not been able to resist anymore against the legions and the auxilia.
The Alamannic army has surrended and has fleed, having lost half of their men after less than two hours of real time (around two hours and half of game time).
|Last stand of Alamannic centre|
To tell the truth, the Roman casualties in the real affair have been reported as much less, but we can argue that Roman propaganda played a role in this ...
The massive deployment of the Alamans has been effectively faced by a more flexible Roman army.
Roman tactic of first and second hit with the cataphracts and then with the medium cavalry, both supported by the action of the horse archers, allowed the Romans to beat the Alamannic cavalry, even if it was supported by the skirmishers and even if it was more numerous.
Speaking of the infantry, at the time of Strasbourg the single Roman warrior was not so different to the German one, in terms of armor, weapons and fighting skill, but the Roman army was accustomed to fight in multiple lines, in order to save the second line until the enemy was tired.
And this was exactly what happened here.
The historical deployment in two lines has proved to be very effective and this was the main reason for the Roman victory.
|Turnkeeper mouse: my girlfriend Monica's special gift for the battle!|
|Back view of turnkeeper mouse|