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Siege of Alesia, September 52 BC
Siege of Alesia, September 52 BC
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In the spring of 52 BC the Gallic tribes once again rose against Caesar, this time under the leadership of Vercingetorix, a skilled leader. Though the Gauls experienced some success early on, over the summer Caesar succeeded in scattering their army. Recognising his tenuous position Vercingetorix chose to avoid further pitched battles, instead retreating to the Mandubii fort of Alesia, from where he sent cavalry to raise a fresh army.


Caesar’s response was to embark on a massive feat of engineering whereby he encircled Alesia with two lines of fortification and encamped between them. Food ran short in the fort and in desperation Vercingetorix forced out those unable to fight – the old, the sick, the women and the children. Though they begged to be taken into slavery, Caesar refused their pleadings and rejected by both friend and foe, they starved to death between the Gallic and Roman lines.


In September, the Gallic relieving force, estimated to be a quarter of a million strong, arrived at the Roman lines. Both the relieving force and Vercingetorix army flung themselves at Caesar’s fortifications but were repeatedly driven back.


Two of the Roman legions were encamped together beneath a hillside to the north of the fort. Recognising this weakness, 60,000 of the relieving troops were moved round the back of hill under the cover of darkness. The following day they launched an attack from above the camp, while the remainder of the force attacked on the plane and Vercingetorix attacked from within. The Gauls on the hillside poured over the fortifications and the thinly spread legionnaires could do little but hold them at bay, using their pila as spears. Meanwhile Caesar had managed to repulse Vercingetorix and the remaining Gauls and rallying his cavalry charged towards the beleaguered camp. Relieved by their general the Romans launched their pila into the Gallic throng and charged. Caught between the legionaries and the cavalry, the Gauls were slaughtered. Recognising the defeat, Vercingetorix surrendered the following day.




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 I made it 
  June 28, 2014
Quoting Caleb Walker I love the two armies! The fort is very detailed! You rock!
Many thanks, Caleb!
  June 26, 2014
I love the two armies! The fort is very detailed! You rock!
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
Quoting The Timinater ! whereas asterix and obelix? haha! great build, I love the figs, and the golden eagle is a nice touch :)
Ha Ha, I think the Romans would have had much more trouble if those two had been there!
 I like it 
  May 20, 2014
whereas asterix and obelix? haha! great build, I love the figs, and the golden eagle is a nice touch :)
 I made it 
  February 26, 2014
Quoting Finn tegotash I love how you painted the eagle gold! I have been thinking that would be cool so I am glad to see someone do it. Nice bunch of Romans you have there. :)
Thank you. I'd played around with a number of solutions for this, but sometimes the simplest solutions are by far the best. Glad you like it!
 I made it 
  February 26, 2014
Quoting J-rod Smith Awesome! Excellent job!
Thanks very much!
 I made it 
  February 26, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Nice work! Great work on the slopes. --Blast--
Thanks very much!
 I like it 
  February 25, 2014
Awesome! Excellent job!
 I like it 
  February 25, 2014
I love how you painted the eagle gold! I have been thinking that would be cool so I am glad to see someone do it. Nice bunch of Romans you have there. :)
 I like it 
  February 25, 2014
Nice work! Great work on the slopes. --Blast--
 I made it 
  February 25, 2014
Quoting "Q M" Christopher Honkzo6 Interesting bit of history with an extremely good vignette. Excellent work
Thanks Christopher, it was great fun to put together.
 I made it 
  February 25, 2014
Quoting Hayden . This is unbelievably awesome! I love that bank, and ditch! It work amazingly well! And such a nice sense of action! Very well done!
Thanks very much Hayden. It's been a long time since I've tried building anything out of Lego, so this was great fun!
 I like it 
  February 24, 2014
Interesting bit of history with an extremely good vignette. Excellent work
 I like it 
  February 24, 2014
This is unbelievably awesome! I love that bank, and ditch! It work amazingly well! And such a nice sense of action! Very well done!
 
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