sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, December 31, 2018

Are you not Entertained?

I am not a re-enactor. Who would be comfortable handing me a machine gun to replay times when I used live ammunition...exactly. That doesn't mean that I don't appreciate people who do it. I think that it's a fun and harmless way to entertain yourself. There are also historical angles that I find interesting. 

Here are some photographs of the 21st Legion

First Cohort marches into camp.
Roman legions units incorporated torture teams. This is a photo of
crucifixion unit on the way to a village to deal with some people who
have been uncooperative. Modern man reared his ugly head by leaving
tire track on the 'Roman road'. And if they keep doing that, they may end
up crucified.
Waiting for the barbarians. Not some wear segmentata armor and others wear
chainmail. Still others in some of the photos wear scale armor over their chainmail.
The Roman military system was a combined arms force that included articulated heavy infantry, light artillery (archers), heavy artillery (siege machines), light and heavy cavalry. They lost a few battles, but not many. Prior to the age of the Caesars, much of the military was voluntary. Marian reforms brought some innovations that carried them forward through the ages and the management of vast territories. 

The First Cohort on parade.
There is a lot of attention to detail with arms and armor. Roman soldiers
practiced with wooden swords for obvious reasons.