Battle of Plataea

Hellenic-Persian Wars  ◊   Phase II  ◊  August 479 BC

Modelling:   505 miniature-figures metal 1/96 scale.

Story:       After the battle of Thermopylae, Hellenic city-states retreated to Peloponnese to prepare their defence nearby Corinth, allowing Persians to conquer Phocis, Boeotia, Attica, and Euboea. However, the naval-battle of Salamis delayed the plans of Xerxes, who postponed the invasion to Peloponnese for the coming year. The major city-states of Sparta, Athens, Corinth and Megara reviewed their defensive plan. They assembled an allied army of 50,000 soldiers and marched to Boeotia to face the Persian army (100,000 plus cavalry) led by Mardonius. For strategic reasons the two armies were positioned across each other, for over ten days, often changing positions and trying to control the passes and the supplies of food and water. Finally, after several tactical manoeuvring, the decisive battle took place nearby Plataea and ended with a sound victory of the Hellenic forces. As a result, the invasion ended and Persians did not consider again another invasion against Hellenic city-states.