Originally Posted by tezster
Really like this series so far. I just have one small gripe from this past episode - the tactics of the local forces were pretty idiotic. Full frontal assault with your entire force? I guess the local commander never heard of the concept of flanking.
The failure of the Saxon troops to maximize their numerical advantage, which we saw in this week's episode, may have some support in history. I have been reading Bernard Cornwell's Saxon
series, which recounts some of the Scandanavian Saxon conflicts in the generation after the Ragnar depicted in Vikings
reached English shores. In a historical note to one of the Saxon
series, Cornwell wrote that one of the reasons the Saxon's had so much trouble in the early years was that their tactics were bad and they were not as adept (Brutal?) at fighting as the Vikings were. Of course, history shows that the Saxon's eventually did learn to fight and the result was a mostly united and christian Great Britain.