5 - Invasion of Greece   1 unit = 500 HI or Sparbara, 250 Cav,
  Plataea - August 479BC - Oeroe River   333 LMI or Cv, 165 LI or LH
 
While Pausanias was withdrawing his contingent to the Moloeis River, he sent word to Aristides, commander of the Athenian contingent, to come and take position on his left flank. Aristides, who had also started his withdrawal late, immediately changed direction and moved laterally across the plain below the foothills. Well before he reached his position, however, he was forced to pull up and face the cavalry of the northern Greek states that were allied to the Persians. Unable to proceed any further, he wedged his troops between the two branches of the Oeroe River and, warding off the horsemen with a phalanx bristling with spears and his flanks secured by the difficult riverbeds of the Oeroe, waited for the onslaught of the Boeotians. These Persian allies had been relegated to a secondary role by Mardonios, but they were always happy to climb into their fellow Greeks from Attica, the Athenians. Unlike the Boeotians, the other Greek allies of Persia stayed well back from the fighting, satisfied with showing up in token support of their new Persian overlords. Phocis, East Locris and Malis did not fight that day. As the Boeotian and Athenian ranks closed in mortal combat and dust and shouting rose from behind the foothill spur where the Spartans were fighting, the Greek allied contingents from Megara and the Peloponnese watched from the heights near Plataea. They had retreated there well in time during the previous night, although they had taken up a position too far to the west, in fact, the one allocated to the Athenians. Now that the battle had begun and the Athenian and Spartan divisions were locked in combat while widely separated, they had to improvise their own involvement. As a result, the Megarans descended towards the Athenian left in an effort to protect it from attack by the northern Greek cavalry, while the Peloponnesian division hurried towards the 700 meter wide gap between the Athenians and Spartans, a gap also targeted by the Persian centre division that was slowly moving up in the far distance.
 
     
 
Game notes 7
Game turns are available before the Persians notice the flight of their brethren from behind the spur where they were fighting the Spartans. All Persian ans allied troops not in combat will retreat on turn 8, those in conbat that can disengage will do so, while all others will fight til the conclusion of their combat.
 
     
 
Historical result
The Greek response to the confused retreat of the previous night was inspired. The Athenians held their ground in a good position and the Peloponnesian hoplites were beginning to grind through the ranks of Median sparabara in front of them, when their opponents started retreating as a result of the death of Mardonios. The Megarans, however, had fared badly. They had descended into the plain in column, with a view to making a right turn into line and charge the unshielded right flank of the Boeotian phalanx. The evolution proved beyond the capabilities of the militiamen, especially when facing attack by the northern Greek cavalry. Unable to recover from the chaos, they were routed and pursued to the hills. The eventual retreat of the Boeotian hoplites stopped the cavalry, who returned to shield their own hoplites from pursuit by the Athenians.
 
     
 
GREEK ARMY Classical Greek - list 60
Command: +3 Army demoralisation value: 62
  ATHENIANS         command strength 24
CinC Aristides Included brilliant  +2 CP Range: 8UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
1 600 Plataeans & Thespians* HI spearmen elite 2UD 5   4 5 armour
4 2000 elite Athenian hoplites* HI spearmen elite 2UD 5   4 5 armour
7 3500 Athenian hoplites HI spearmen ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 armour
2 600 Athenian archers LMI bow ordinary 3UD 3 4UD 2 3 no armour
6 1000 skirmishers with javelin LI javelin ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
  MEGARANS         command strength 15
Sub Greek general Included simple  +0 CP Range: 4UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
2 1000 Phlian & Hermian hoplites HI spearmen ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 armour
6 3000 Megaran hoplites MI spearmen mediocre 2UD 4   4 5 no armour
6 3000 Euboan, Ambracian, Leucan, Aiginan, etc. hoplites MI spearmen mediocre 2UD 4   2 1 no armour
6 1000 skirmishers with javelin LI javelin ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
  PELOPONESIANS arrive on turn 2     command strength 23
Sub Greek general Included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
11 5500 Corinthian etc. hoplites* HI spearmen ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 armour
8 4000 Sicyon & Troizen hoplites* HI spearmen ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 armour
6 1000 skirmishers with javelin LI javelin ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
 
     
 
PERSIAN ARMY Achaemenid Persian - list 64
Command: +3 Army demoralisation value: 79,5
BOEOTIANS
  Infantry         command strength 16,5
CinC Asopodorus Included brilliant  +2 CP Range: 8UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
1 300 elite Theban hoplites* HI spearmen elite 2UD 5   4 5 armour
11 5700 Thebans & other Boeotians HI spearmen ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 armour
3 600 skirmishers with javelin LI javelin ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
  Cavalry         command strength 13
Sub Thorax Included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
3 600 Thessalian light cavalry LH javelin ordinary 5UD 3 1UD 2 2  -1 fire; evade
2 500 Thessalian Noble cavalry HC elite 4UD 5   3 3 armour; evade
2 500 Boeotian cavalry MC ordinary 4UD 4   3 3 no armour; evade
2 500 Macedonian cavalry HC ordinary 4UD 5   3 3 armour; impact
6 1000 hamippoi for cavalry LI sling/bow ordinary 3UD 2 2UD 2 1  -1 fire; evade
PERSIAN CENTRE arrives on turn 2
  Command 1         command strength 35
CinC: Artabazus detached competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
24 12000 Median sparabara MI mixed ordinary 2UD 4 4UD 4 4 pavise; melee as mediocre; +1 melee on contact; no armour
5 1600 Saka & Bactrian archers LMI bow ordinary 3UD 3 4UD 2 3 no armour
5 800 Mysian peltasts LMI javelinmen ordinary 3UD 4 1UD 3 2 no armour; evade
  Command 2         command strength 7
Sub:  Persian general detached competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
2 800 Indian archers LMI longbow ordinary 3UD 3 4UD 2 3 pavise; no armour
4 2000 Egyptian marines HI mixed ordinary 2UD 4 4UD 4 4 melee as mediocre; +1 melee on contact; armour
  Command 3         command strength 8
Sub:  Persian general included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
4 800 Saka horse archers LH bow ordinary 5UD 2 2UD 3 3  -1 fire; evade
3 800 Persian cavalry MC bow ordinary 4UD 4 2UD 3 3 no armour; evade
 
     
 
 
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