Sink Or Swim

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The Daily Post had a Daily Prompt today called Sink Or Swim, and this is what it said:

Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school.

What was the outcome?

And this is my response:

Instead of giving an example directly from my own personal life I will instead use the first example that came to my mind from many years ago when I was playing the video game Rome: Total War.

I had a few units (maybe three or four) of Spartan Hoplites together in a small army that I was sending across the map to join with one of my larger armies, but on the way we got attacked/ambushed by a very large army of many units near a forest; and we could not avoid the battle, and so we had to fight this battle with only three or four units of Spartan Hoplites against an army with many units.

My general gave a speech before the battle started and then when the battle started I immediately sent my Spartan Hoplites to hide in the forest using the trees to cover their flanks while we use the phalanx formation to cover our fronts, and I wanted the enemy to have to split up and find me and have to fight my units from the front of their phalanx where we would have the advantage.

My plan lured a few units of the enemy into the forest right into one of my phalanx formations, my unit was holding them even though they were greatly out-numbered, and eventually I flanked them with another unit and we were winning; but eventually the other general sent in more of their units into the forest to surround us and finish us off, and I was forced to move all of my Spartan Hoplites together in a circle formation near some trees to cover their flanks while they all used the phalanx formation to cover their fronts.

This was my last stand, we were surrounded and my units were a bit tired after fighting for a long time and out-numbered, but my Spartan Hoplites kept fighting and the morale was still high enough where they were not going to route/flee so they were going to fight to the death; and eventually we routed some of the enemy units, and this caused some of the other enemy units to flee as well.

This left an opening on the battlefield that allowed me to flank some of their units causing heavy casualties on their side causing more of their units to flee, we started to chase some of their units, but then I let my units rest a bit as I waited for the enemy general unit and several of their other units to attack us.

I used one unit to distract the enemy general and his units and I flanked them with my other units, we probably killed the enemy general during the battle causing his units to flee, but then some of the previous enemy units who were fleeing stopped fleeing to attack us again; and so I spent the rest of the battle fighting off units who kept fleeing and then returning to fight until eventually the other army completely fled the battlefield after taking heavy casualties, and we won the battle.

After the battle my surviving Spartan Hoplites eventually reached one of my main armies, they healed up and trained up and built-up their units again, and eventually were able to move out with the rest of my armies to continue conquering the map.

That battle was basically my own Battle Of Thermopylae.

The end,

-John Jr

By John Jr

Hello, I am John Jr, welcome.

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