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Outside of Japan, are there any historical examples of people very quickly building fortresses in enemy territory to deny them access to things? Because that would be really cool if so, and I feel like there has to be at least one example outside of Japan.
The ancient Romans regularly did this kind of thing, so I really wouldn’t be surprised if it was done by medieval powers as well. Maybe in the Crusades? I think Edward Longshanks may have done something a bit like this when invading Scotland as well.
It’s kind of just standard Roman field tactics, building Forts everywhere. There’s Julius Caesar’s “De Bello Gallico” though. The Siege of Alesia is particularly interesting, probably lots of historical stuff you can find on that. It’s not quite dropping a Castle, but it was a remarkable display of Roman tactics and engineering prowess.
William the Conqueror did it when he invaded England. It’s a bit unclear (at least from what I’ve read) whether the castle was at Hastings, Pevensey, or both. I think it’s depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry, but I can’t find a picture right now (on my phone, not a computer, so it’s a bit awkward).
Yes, but I’m not sure it counts as “castle dropping”. My understanding is that, after Longshanks had defeated the Welsh in battle, he built castles (e.g. at Conwy, Harlech, Caernarfon) to help make English rule there permanent.
So Castles were not dropped into an enemy city, like it happens in AoE2 but they were actually build within Trebuchet range or enemy castles sometimes.
For example the Ottomans build castles around Constantinople before they captured it.
But you have to be aware that most castles, offensive of not were actually made of wood.
It’s just that they either for upgraded to stone later or fell into disrepair, so the only castles that remain standing are the ones made of stone.
No sheep, but there was ofcourse a famous occurrence where a couple of geese scouted a Celtic attack on Rome.
During the sack of Rome in 390 BC a group of Celts attempted a nighttime suprise attack by climbing the wall onto the Roman Akropolis (the last part of the city holding out after the Celts sacked the city below). They were spotted by a group of geese however, who started making lots of noise, thus waking the defenders and alerting them to the attack and saving Rome from being destroyed.
The Siege of Alesia like somebody else mentioned is a perfect example. I remember reading about it and vividly remember before I even new what castle drops is.
Romans couldn’t take the fortress of Vercingetorix so Caesar ordered to build forts around the entire town. The Gauls even sent cavalry raids to deny the castle drops, in the end Romans took the fort and Vercingetorix was imprisoned and killed.
There is even a scenario in the original ROR campaigns about it.