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One of the interesting features of War Chest is to have set ups that are inspired by famous battles. Here are some good starting set ups that allow players to jump straight into the game - and might just allow you to change the course of history!

Battle of Gaugamela 331 BCE

Gaugemela was a decisive battle in the campaigns of Alexander the Great against the Persian Empire. The battle was fought on wide-open ground where the Persian forces hoped to use their superior numbers and small force of war chariots.

However, this ground also suited the Macedonian phalanx, who advanced on the Persian center. The Greek left flank under command of Parmenion was hard-pressed, but held.

Alexander was able to lure a large amount of the Persian cavalry out to his right flank with his own light cavalry, creating a gap in the Persian lines, into which the Greeks were able to launch a decisive attack at the Persian center.

This assault threatened to envelope and kill the Persian Emperor Darius, forcing him to flee the field - and his army followed.

Greek Units

Knight, Light Cavalry, Pikeman, Marshall.

Persian Units

Cavalry, Footman, Mercenary, Royal Guard.

Battle of Bannockburn 1314 CE

Bannockburn is unusual for a medieval battle in that it actually went on for two days - though, much of the main action was on the second day. It was a decisive battle in the First Scottish War of Independence.

The Scots, commanded by Robert the Bruce, emerged early on the 24th June, and after kneeling in prayer, attacked the English armies. An early charge by the Earl of Gloucester and a small cavalry force was thwarted by Scottish schiltrons and Scottish light cavalry dispersed the English archers that were trying to support the charge.

The poor arrangement of the English camp was making it difficult for them to deploy their heavy cavalry and archers, and the Scottish attack pressed home, driving the English forces into the Bannock Burn, where many drowned.

With the fighting at its thickest, apprentices and followers from the Scottish baggage train charged into the fray, causing the English to rout.

English Units

Archer, Cavalry, Lancer, Footman.

Scottish Units

Light Cavalry, Pikeman, Warrior Priest, Swordsman.

Battle of Crecy 1346 CE

Crecy took place on 26th August, and was one of three critical English victories in the Hundred Years War. Edward III deployed his armies effectively, using slopes and neighboring features to both reduce the effectiveness of the French heavy cavalry and to prevent his army from being flanked.

His main strength was his archers, equipped with longbows. Edward also ordered his knights to dismount and fight on foot. A sudden rain storm began as the French armies advanced, and caused problems for their Genoese crossbowmen, and created sodden ground for the French cavalry.

Despite many gallant, repeated charges from French mounted knights late into the evening, they could not break the English position, and after having two horses killed beneath him, Phillipe, the French king, conceded the battlefield.

English Units

Archer, Ensign, Knight, Royal Guard.

French Units

Cavalry, Crossbowman, Lancer, Scout.

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