Oh I see, so you had guard towers, but no soldiers.  The guard towers, 
themselves, don't defend against the Goblins, they just serve as launching 
points for your troops.  Think of them the same way you think about saw mills 
and quarries.  If the forest gets thinned out, you can put a new saw mill near 
some thick forest, so your lumber jacks don't have to travel as far.  In the 
exact same way, having guard towers near the enemy means your soldiers don't 
have to walk all the way from your barracks, or storehouse, to attack them.  If 
your guard tower is close to the enemy, even 1 or 2 soldiers will help slow 
them down, of course, they will only slow them down and not actually hold them 
back indefinitely.

> I had two right next to one another
> in an area that was crawling with Gobs. I lost both of them
> practicall right away. The initially sow up in Setor P but
> I'm never to the point in my settlement yet where I'd feel
> comfortable sparing a few people to be soldiers. And given
> how long it takes metal ore and bars to be produced it
> usually takes me quite a while to even get to that point
> anyway.

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