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Belisarius versus Gelimer: A Vandal army under Gelimer ambushes a Byzantine army under Belisarius in open country. Can Gelimer finish Belisarius off before the Byzantine military genius can rally his strung out army? Also known as the Battle of Ten-Mile Post. .
A cool commander keeps his emotions in check, something Gelimer definitely did not do. By failing to act after he discovered his brother dead, he missed a crucial opportunity to finish off Belisarius. Instead, the ambush lost the advantage of surprise and became a slogging match, which the outnumbered Vandals had no hope of winning.
When I first aimed to animate an ambush, I obviously did not expect to animate this little-known engagement over, say, a typical Vietnam War ambush. I chose this battle for two reasons. First, I needed a Belisarius battle for a future spotlight and second, I had not completed an animation in some time and needed to post a simple one quickly; in fact I believe I completed this animation in a coffee shop, waiting for a friend. Interestingly enough, this is the third least popular battle I have yet animated, slightly more popular than Worcester 1651 and Ayacucho 1824. One of the errors in the original animation from 2009 is depicting too many Vandal infantry when their force was actually primarily a cavalry force. The terrain was also way too bare and did not properly show how the ambush was supposed to work. The recent upgrade as of August 2016 fixed these issues, hence the difference between the video and PowerPoint animations.
Dougherty, Martin J. “Ad Decimum, AD 533.” In Battles that Changed Warfare 1457 BC – AD 1991, 58-67. London: Amber, 2008.
Dupuy, Trevor N. The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 BC to the Present, Fourth Edition. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: Jones, 1825.
Map of the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_map_projections
Vandal soldiers: http://www.dbaol.com/armies/army_84_figure_1.htm
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