What would you do ? (17) The Solution

“What would you do ?” used to figure on the cover of a boys’ comic called “Boys’ World”. This was a publication, obviously, aimed at boys, and first appeared on January 26th 1963. There were 89 issues before the comic was merged with Eagle in 1964. The last issue of “Boys’ World” came out on October 3rd 1964.

I used to buy “Boys’ World”, and this was mainly for the front cover which always featured a kind of puzzle. It was called “What would you do ?” and was based on somebody being in what Ned Flanders would call “A dilly of a pickle”. Here’s the situation:

And the yellow box said:

The Roman army, then  is being driven back time after time from the gates because of the missiles the  defenders are throwing. How can the Romans get in, when they are directly underneath the defenders’ missiles?

And, the correct solution given on page 18 of the comic is:

Quite simple, really, I suppose. The old “testudo”, used only when needed, was a standard formation of the Roman army:


Filed under History, Literature, military, Personal

28 responses to “What would you do ? (17) The Solution

  1. Now why didn’t I think of that?

  2. Allen

    Did i win a star?

    Sent from Allen’s iPad


  3. GP

    That was a great plan for a way-back war.

    • The Romans, I suppose, were very cunning and very disciplined, a combination which allowed them to achieve a lot with say, fifty or a hundred men. Many of their opponents were just a ferocious mob who attacked en masse, and tried to win the battle by weight of numbers.

  4. I wonder how they moved if they had to stand so close to each other?
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  5. I got the answer right last post!!! Do I win a prize???

  6. The photo of the “testudo” brought to mind the film “300” (USA 2006) in which 300 Spartans used a similar strategy in a battle against the invading Persian army.

    • Yes, it’s definitely a tried and tested method, although as Allen Gray says above, “heavy rocks or dump boiling water or oil” all contribute to spoil things on occasion for the soldiers in the testudo.

  7. A bit of an easy one that but then again. Last night I was watching ‘The Chase’ and a contestant thought that the Battle of Hastings was in 1866. DOH!

  8. Thank you for sharing!!.. it is too bad that mankind doesn’t use that battle field ingenuity to defend peace… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your troubles be less
    Your blessings be more
    And nothing but happiness
    Come through your door
    (Irish Saying)

  9. We’ll I think I qualify for some sort of status too, even if it’s assistant leather sandal polisher! I await my orders my liege.

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