Monday, March 27, 2006
The trap is thrown!
For the remnants of Varus's Legions who emerged from the tangle of the German forests, worst was yet to come. Arminius had not been idle and had prepared a little welcome for his unwanted guests. They were hounded from hehind and pushed forward through the Kalkriese pass, a dreadful bottle neck between the hills and the moor. To make the trap even more deadly, the Germans had constructed a wall to help funnel the tired legions into a killing zone. Those who escaped the spears of the angry tribes drowned in the marshland. Only a handful of legionaries would live to tell the tale! All this from a people the Romans thought of as uncivilized barbarians. The 17th,18th and 19th legions disappeared for ever and were never raised again, after the massacre their numbers were deemed to be ill fated.