Battle Analysis : Julius Caesar 's Failed Invasion Of Britain

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Battle Analysis:
Julius Caesar’s failed Invasion of Britain in 55 BC
Not only did Julius Caesar want to be seen as protecting Rome’s interests and as a conqueror of lands but also if he invaded Britain in 55 BC, it would put him in a good position politically in the Senate. However, he was more concerned with his own self-importance than to exercise proper battle planning and his first invasion of Britain in 55 BC was not a success.
Caesar’s insufficient intelligence gathering on the Britons prior to invading was evident in that he underestimated their order of battle and the nature and extent of resistance he received, lacked knowledge of their terrain and overlooked how the local weather and the tides have might impacted his mission.
Utilizing the four steps of battle analysis, this paper sets forth to describe Julius Caesar’s first invasion in Britain in 55 BC, the key players, why Caesar failed and how the outcome could have been in his favor had he collected sufficient intelligence prior to his mission.
Weather and Terrain of Britain
Caesar’s account of the weather is not dissimilar of what it is today. It is temperate and much milder in the winter than that he was accustomed to in Rome. Frequent light rainfall enables the cultivated crops and surrounding land to flourish. Because of its northern latitude, Britain has long summer days and long winter nights.
The southwest of the island is slightly warmer due to the warm Gulf Stream from the south where palm…
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