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Wow ! You just keep upping your game with each successive post on this subject – a really gripping narrative that is building to an compelling conclusion…..

What was Percy thinking ? – was it some form of ‘target fixation’ – did he think that the Irish would just melt away if he pushed on to the garrison? – get to the goal and he would win the race and the battle? I suppose a sortie from the beleaguered might have helped, but…..

seems really to prove the maxim that a plan only survives until contact with the enemy – the ‘Battle’ formation was on paper such a good idea, but the skilful and effective use of the Irish shot coupled with the practical obstacle of the earthwork…. well…… Perhaps some decent scouting would have helped….. Looking forward to part the Third