Being an account of our lord Uffa's attack on the island of Vectis in the year the Christians call 476 by Brego the Bard.
We returned to Britain's shores, to the lands which are rightfully ours but our peaceful overtures were rejected by their King, cursed be his name. He sent out his warband led by Constantine who we have bested before to dispute the isle.
|The lie of the land; note the centrally placed wood|
We met in a field dominated by the Old Man's Wood; ground which Uffa said he liked well. Before the battle he made an attempt to rouse the troops but without success (in truth it was a woeful speech). Then our champion Hengest took up the challenge of their Bedwyr. Both fought mightily and neither could get the better of the other; both returned to their warbands with honour (it was pretty much a draw).
|On the Saxon left; warriors face off against the the British shieldwall|
|While on the right, the hearthguard threaten|
At this point Ana showed great guile and having drawn the British shieldwall forward, he feinted right leading his troops behind the wood. There were screams of frustration from the British, who called us cowards and questioned our manhood. Battle though is not 'fair' and it was the decisive moment breaking the Britons' plan. They broke their shieldwalls, which would never be reformed, and headed round their side of the wood; their levy quite swiftly but the companions and warriors getting caught up in the trees themselves
|The hearthguard defeat their opponents while Ana's warriors feint left avoiding the shieldwall|
|The hearthguard continue to rampage|
|Behind them Ana's warriors isolate the British companipulares on the edge of the wood|
In truth this was a good result for the Saxons; with hindsight the wood probably did favour them and "Ana's feint" was undoubtedly decisive causing the wheels to fall off the British plan. The British did not in fact loose that many more men but the Saxons consistently they came out with the initiative and did win all of the combat. So the onus is now on the Britons to try to dislodge the invaders from Vectis (the Isle of Wight).
My thanks to John & Derek for playing the game. Sorry it has taken me a while to write it up.