Sunday, March 26, 2006

Teutoburger Forest 9 AD

One event in rome's history that gives me endless enthusiasim, was the carefully planned ambush led by Arminius and the German tribes in the Teutoburger forest in 9 AD.
I spend alot of time walking in woodland and so it is quite easy for me to summon up the atmosphere of those dark, dank German must have been terrifying for the legionarys involved.As we know the Roman war machine was almost unstoppable on open ground but strung out in groups among the twisted trees and tangled roots of the Teutoburger Wald they were doomed! The 17th, 18th and 19th Legions were subjected to a series of running ambushes over a seven day period, after being tricked into changing their line of march by Arminius-a Roman trained German warrior, who wanted to put an end, once and for all to the steady advance of Roman territory into Germany. With the false report of a rebelling German tribe, the mighty legions were lured deeper and deeper into the dark forests and marsh land, by the time it was over, some 25,000 men, women and children were dead."Quinctilius Varus, give me back my legions!!!!!!!"was the cry from a devastated Augustus when he finally got to hear of the loss. It worked though, for Romes advance was halted.....for a while anyway.
Here a Roman work party, tasked with clearing fallen trees, suddenly become aware they are not alone.


Scutatus said...

You know, if it hadn't have been for this masterful ambush and massacre, the Roman Empire would have reached all the way to the Elbe. Denmark and Saxony would have been Rome's immediate neighbour/s! And who knows how much further East the Romans would have pushed? Now there's a thought for you. Talk about what-if histories. It so nearly came to be too. :)

LOVE this picture. I notice the Pteruges on show (briliant!). I also like the "oh shit" expressions on the Legionaries as the shadows in the bracken begin to move... Very atmospheric.

Anonymous said...

Enthusiasm for a treacherous attack by an ally?