Thursday, 25 August 2022

Olaf Sigurdsen's Raid - Defend the Camp ...

 continued from the previous post ...

The viking camp, repairs to the longship had been made ....

They had also made a small watch tower to keep an eye for any approaching saxons...
The saxons come into view...
and move across the valley toward the next low ridge ....
The alarm horn is blown.....
the vikings move to defend the camp .... 
The outnumbered vikings on lookout duty, make their way back to the camp as the saxons draw nearer...
The vikings get into position ...
the saxons move down from the hill towards the camp ....
and waste little time in starting their attack .....
The vikings hold off the attack, but the saxons return to the fray ...
The saxons break through by the penned sheep ....
The vikings hold the saxons back at the camp entrances. However some of the saxons have jumped the wattle fence but are well met by the vikings.
The saxons finally push their way into the camp; the viking longship edges away from the river bank...
Some of the viking fall back and form up in front of the longship, while others fight on desperately..
The vikings that can get onto the longship do so, as it moves a little further from the river bank... one more viking tries to reach the ship ...
but is shot down by saxon archers, the saxons deal with remaining vikings in the camp ...
Olaf Sigurdsen, defended himself for some time swinging his mighty axe, but was overwhelmed and killed ..  the saxons had won the day (and got most of their sheep back..)

The longship slid downstream, the hull repair holding, it moved down the estuary out to sea and set sail for home .... the raid that promised so much was over...

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