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Weapons of Triumph: Caesar's British Invasion (Video)


Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain posed a daunting challenge for the Roman army. Though the precise location remains uncertain, it is believed to have taken place along the Kentish coastline. The defending Britons, including noble warriors, stood ready to repel the invading forces. Despite initial hesitation, a courageous standard-bearer's actions spurred the Roman troops into action. The Romans relied on their formidable weaponry and tactical prowess to overcome their adversaries. The short stabbing swords allowed for swift and lethal strikes, complemented by the protection offered by their shields. The pilum javelins, thrown in coordinated volleys, disrupted the charging Britons. The Romans' agility and well-honed techniques minimized the enemy's response time.

In their arsenal of weaponry, the Roman army possessed a remarkable weapon known as the ballista. This fearsome contraption was a stone-throwing siege engine capable of inflicting devastating damage on the enemy ranks. Powered by bundles of twisted ropes made from sinew, horsehair, or hemp, the ballista unleashed deadly projectiles with great force. Julius Caesar's invasion demonstrated the Roman army's mastery of weaponry and tactics. Their short swords, shields, and javelins proved instrumental in close-quarters combat, while the ballista offered a formidable long-range assault.

Top image: Julius Caesar. Source: furyon / Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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