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The Battle of Repton is an essential battle in the Vikings series. The battle opposes the Great Heathen Army to the Mercian and Wessex army, which is led by Aethelwulf. The battle results in a crushing victory for the Norsemen, who were able to trap the outnumbered Saxon forces and inflict them considerable casualties. The battle left Wessex completely opened and free for the Vikings to raid and conquer.

The battle

Prelude

Prior to the battle, Ivar suggest using the enviroment to their advantage and attacking the English in division as oppsed to sheildwall to sheildwall. Bjorn reculantly accepts to use Ivar as his strategist.

Setting the trap

As the English approach the Norse vanguard, the Norsemen retreat. At the same time, arrows are shot from the nearby woods by vikings lead by Bjorn. As the English form a sheildwall and move towards the woods, the vanguard once more appears in view of the English. Aethewulf and his army moves to engage them, but the vanguard once more retreats as a new arrowattack hits the english. Frustrated, Aethelwulf orders his men to attack the Norse fleetbase. Unknown to him, this is what Ivar has predicted him to do. As the English marsh towards the vikingbase they move through a tite valley. Suddenly, Viking archers attack them from both sides, forcing the army forward, only to be confronted by a massive sheildwall, blocking their path.

Charge

After being trapped by the Viking archers and being confronted to a huge Viking shieldwall, the saxon forces charge towards it under Aethelwulf's command. The two forces collide into each other, while the Viking archers continue to take their toll of the Saxon army. Aethelwulf bravely strikes through the Viking ranks but he is pushed off his horse and has to fight on foot in a very muddy field already filled with hundreds of bodies of Mercian and Wessex men. Aethelwulf is practically knocked unconscious and as he recovers, he oversees the butchery of his men taking place. A horn sound signals the arrival of the Viking rearguard under Ivar's command, which fainted the English earlier. Realizing the fate of the battle was all but decided, Aethelwulf commands his remaining men to flee for their lives, which they do, the ones left behind being massacred by the Vikings. However, the Vikings decide not to pursue them and they instead cheer in joy after this complete rout of the Saxon army. Ragnar's sons all cheer extacically, except from Bjorn, who, being rather clear-sighted, understands that this victory is not completely definitive.

Aftermath

The result is a decisive victory for the Vikings who have all their time and no opponent in their way to rampage parts of Mercia and attack Winchester, Egbert's capital city. The Saxons are utterly defeated, more than a thousand men having probably died. Wessex and Mercia have no standing army left in order to resist the Norse invaders.

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