King of the Road Posted April 4, 2013 Share Posted April 4, 2013 And give up your strongholds that threaten Casterly Rock? Those strongholds in lannister lands? Which your army was living off of.. Now the entire army is in HH in burned out and depleted lands that the lannisters have stripped bare. Great strategy...Now he has to bakttack or attack KL. Attacking KL is what tywin (and the tyrells) wants if he's retreating, so that's the last thing he should do, and backtracking is for rookies. Should they re-march to oxcross and the west?Any time you transport an entire arny to do the work 200 men could do, you look dumb. How about some scouting?I'd leave a garrison in Harrenhal which any army marching from KL would have to bypass in order to take the direct road north and no one leaves an unclaimed fortress at their rear. The British army attempted that in the Peninsular War and suffered for it.The rest of my men I'd take to Riverrun from where we can regroup, reform and then have the possibilities of moving west and into the Lannister heartland or alternatively march with all strength back to Harrenhal and attack the food supplies at Rosby.The army in Harrenhal would not need to be living off the land which the Lannisters have burned out because of baggage supplies. These provide food and other necessary supplies for an army on campaign. At Harrenhal an army can have shelter and rest, and lets face it all 20,000 men won't be staying there more than a few weeks. A small garrison can feed themselves easier than a large, tired army.Scouting can be unreliable as I don't believe Robb Stark was in possession of radios. The delay between outriders reaching the army from lets say 30 miles ahead doesn't account for variables such as further movement (such as a retreat) or even outriders being intercepted. Moreover, once an army is committed to a movement, they usually have to stick with it due to effects on time (valuable when the campaign season is drawing to a close), effects which are doubled when one is dealing with an army of the size of Robb Stark's.Now as for backtracking, I don't know if you can qualify this as a move for 'rookies'. Armies often make a tactical retreat in order to either live to fight another day or even to draw an enemy into a battle on ground of their own choosing. Examples of this include Wellington and Blucher following the respective battles of Quatre Bras and Ligny and the tactics of the Vietcong/NVA. Now granted, this can on occasion have adverse effects on morale and supply but when the enemy outnumbers your forces this becomes a necessary scenario. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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