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Friday, August 24, 2012

Julius Caesar: The Siege of Alesia 52 BC.

From the film Julius Caesar, the siege of Alesia & the Surrender of Vercingetorix King of all the Gauls in September 52 BC. Caesar's 12 Legions of approx 60,000 men against a total of 330,000 Gauls, 80,000 of them under the command of Vercingetorix were besieged in the Alesia oppidium & 250,000 reliefe force under the command of Commius. The badley outnumbered Romans fought stubbornly & defended both Contravallation & Circumvallation (Defence walls) at once. Despite the odds, the result was a decisive Roman victory & the conquest of all Gaul. Roman casualties were 12,800 while the Gauls suffered 250,000 casualties & 40,000 captured.


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