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The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby nevermore » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:07 am

The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

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The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields), also called the Battle of Châlons or the Battle of Maurica,took place in AD 451 between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aëtius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I against the Huns and their allies commanded by their leader Attila.

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It was one of the last major military operations of the Western Roman Empire though Visigothic soldiers also formed the core of the allied Roman army.The battle was a strategic victory for the Romans, stopping the Huns' attempt to conquer Roman Gaul. The Huns were later destroyed by a coalition of Germanic peoples at the Battle of Nedao in 454.

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Flavius Aetius

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Theodoric I

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The Hun commander

Attila

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According to Jordanes, the Catalaunian plain rose on one side by a sharp slope to a ridge. This geographical feature dominated the battlefield and became the center of the battle.

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The Huns first seized the right side of the ridge, while the Romans seized the left, with the crest unoccupied between them. Jordanes explains that the Visigoths held the right side, the Romans the left, with Sangiban of uncertain loyalty and his Alans surrounded in the middle.

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The Hunnic forces attempted to take the ridge, but were outstripped by the Romans under Aetius and the Gothic Left flank under Thorismund. The Huns remained unable to take the ridge, but routed the Alans under Sangiban.

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Re: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby Raglan » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:40 am

Excellent battle report, thanks for sharing.

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Re: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby Giles » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:23 am

Fantastic. I recall that this battle was featured in the very first wargames magazine I ever bought - MW 13 or thereabouts.
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Re: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby PatG » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:40 am

Great report I was just listening to this period on the History of Rome
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Re: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby world2dave » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:12 pm

Good pics and report, thanks for posting.
It's a fascinating battle and there seem to be a number of views on exactly how it played out, due to the paucity of sources. Re-fighting it is an excellent way of investigating it.
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Re: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby grizzlymc » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:15 pm

Phoaww!

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Re: The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains AD 451

Postby A Lot of Gaul » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:15 pm

Very nice AAR and pics - well done! :-BD

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