Jun 08, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Could I even cope with my own life? And then I thought: If Adolf and I can't cope with life, then we should at least unite against those unscrupulous people who want to rule because they are unimaginative, against the real Pfaffraths, the real Judejahns, the real Klingspors, and perhaps we could change Germany.
There were numerous germanic tribes that warred with each other just as frequently as they warred with Rome.
They were unified by a common tongue and similar culture, but never formed a unified state. Unlike Gaul, the german lands were not wholly conquered by Rome. The first emperor, Augustus, had grand plans for an invasion of Germania. However, that dream died in in 9AD when Varus lost 3 full legions and supporting auxiliaries.
For the rest of Roman history, the land east of Rhine and north of the Danube rivers remained primarily in barbarian hands. The legions would, of course, make retaliatory raids into the german territory, though it seems the Roman idea was to man only enough land on the far side of the Rivers to create a more defendable border.
The kingdom of Dacia was indeed conquered and made a province at the beginning of the 2nd century. However, this land north of the Danube was controlled by a people of Celtic, Thracian, Scythian stock—considered to be separate people from the germans.
Each warrior carried several javelins. Cavalrymen were equipend similarly, with only a very few armored. The quickest men were formed into units of a regular size of men.
They occupied the front rank, following the cavaly. Tacitus was not especially impressed by the quality of german cavalry, yet Julius Caesar employed them to great effect in his wars.
Cavalry were not meant as shick troops to burst through enemy lines. Their main use was in hit and run tactics, attacking the enemy flank, routing fleeing enemy infantry, and protecting the german flank. The german battle line was made up of a series of wedges. Each wedge was composed of family or kin groups.
Tacitus Weaponry Generally speaking, german warriors were not as well equipped as the Gauls.
Tacitus states that iron was short supply in the German lands. This is born out by archaeological evidence. Very few domestically produced. Spear points measure from cm.
The spear appears to have been the predominant weapon, along with short single-edge daggers. A longer single-edge blade, the sax became increasingly popular starting in the 2nd cen. Throughout their times Germans made use of Gaulic or Roman arms imported by trade or as booty.
Wilcox Armor Armor is nearly absent until the 2nd cen. AD when Roman-made equipment begins to imported on a larger scale. Shields There have been some finds of German shields. See my article on Celtic and German Shields.
Their infantry made use of oval, rectangular, multi-sided body shields. Cavalrymen used smaller round or oval shields. Tacitus states that, " Some Roman coins depict german shield blazons. Yet, these designs are even less likely to be accurate depictions than those found on Roman sculpture.
Tacitus says they were the most brave of all the german tribes. They were once members of the Chatti tribe. Their leader was the Batavian, Julius Civilus. Tacitus This rebellion lead to the Roman practice of posting auxiliaries away from their homelands and prohibiting commanders from being of the same tribe.After the war, he quickly wanted to become a citizen of the United States again and the issue was just settled for both parties.
Nobody in the Union cared about his views on race and most people just remembered him as a great military leader. Ye say it is the good cause which halloweth even war? I say unto you: it is the good war which halloweth every cause. War and courage have done more great things than charity.
Not your sympathy, but your bravery hath hitherto saved the victims. “What is good?” ye ask. To be brave is good.
Popular articles, stories & photos for October 20, in the Los Angeles Times news archives, including an extensive archive and timeline that can be browsed by date, keyword and writer. Death in Rome - Wolfgang Koeppen This is an extraordinary book, devastating, but also remarkable. Published just nine years after the fall of the third Reich, it is a carefully considered examination of the “collective amnesia” which enveloped the German people following the war and allowed them to forget their past, absolve their guilt /5.
Wolfgang Koeppen's 'Death in Rome' is a profound and thought-provoking novel written in the mid-fifties. While set against the backdrop of Rome, the main theme is a portrayal of the early after-war /5.
In war, one is constantly aware of the inevitability of one's death, as well as constantly focused on the present moment.
Warriors even value the lives of others over their own because they think that they are part of a larger community that makes intelligible their killing and dying.