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The Roman Fleet of the Republic
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Nathan wrote:

They would not have attacked the leading Roman squadrons from the rear, as they would be presenting their own sterns to the Roman third squadron, and would have been enveloped in turn.
 
That depends on the distance between the second squadron and the third squadron. Using Tipps vee formation, with the third squadron dropping behind, the Carthaginian left wing could have gotten right inside that vee and made havoc.
 
Nathan wrote:
The Roman third squadron, having dropped their towing cables, appear to have shifted northwards to keep the Sicilian coast on the right flank and prevent the enemy from encircling them to the northwards. So this part of the action happened very close in to shore.
 
How many ships do you envisage the third squadron had?
 
Nathan wrote:
I've seen quite a few different diagrams of how the battle might have unfolded, and all seem to follow more or less that pattern without problems.
 
Most don’t have a problem because they simply lack detail. The size of the fleet is just given as a number, yet no one goes into how many ships in each squadron. Most accounts of Ecnomus I have read are very general. Even Tipp’s paper on the battle generalises in places. Were all the ships in the third squadron towing horse transports?
 
It is easy to show movements with arrows on a schematic level as is the norm. My diagrams of the Roman fleet are 1:1. However, my battle account shows the Carthaginian left wing moving down the coast line, but I have also included an alternative and that is the Carthaginian left wing could be Hanno’s left wing.
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The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by Steven James - 09-18-2016, 01:38 PM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by Alecto - 09-20-2016, 08:36 AM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by Alecto - 09-20-2016, 08:48 AM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 09-20-2016, 02:02 PM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 09-23-2016, 02:12 PM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 09-24-2016, 05:47 AM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 09-25-2016, 08:17 AM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 09-30-2016, 01:28 PM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 10-01-2016, 07:23 AM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 10-01-2016, 05:03 PM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by JaM - 10-03-2016, 12:45 PM
RE: The Roman Fleet of the Republic - by Steven James - 02-17-2017, 03:31 PM

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