I regret to inform you that due to bad planning (unexpected success) the introduction has become cumbersome and must be relegated to the formal bibliography to make room for better introductions. Those responsible for the llama portions of planning up to this point have been sacked. Thank you.
Due to various factors we’ve been on hiatus, but a comeback is in the works. So to buy time I present you with a couple looks at the Roman legions. It’s important to remember that successfull militaries don’t revolve around a specific weapon or type of armor, but sysems built around strategy and tactics. The legions are perhaps the best pre-modern example of this, simply because of the Romans’ systemic approach to a multitude of things.
What follows are looks at a number of aspects of those systems, from ornamentation to fortification, and there’s a great deal to be learned from the history and archeology of them. Not really emphasized in this is something I mentioned in other contexts recently, their focus on logistics. How did the large, less sophisticated armies of the past manage to do things like staying fed? There’s an ancient saying along the lines of ‘where armies march, famine follows’, which should make that obvious enough. The main thing is what happens when you station a large number of people in one place. They have to be fed, housed, and so on, so that means logistics, and for Rome that meant roads and rivers. As the old saying goes, the devil’s in the details, so as students of history it behooves us to examine those details. We hope you enjoy this semi-filler piece, but there are a few regular ones already in the pipeline.
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What do y’all think about all this? The First Rule of WTW Club is you talk about WTW Club Topics.