Roman army

This tackk is about the roman army and its tactics.

The roman army was a really strong army and that is one ove the reasons that the Romans were so powerful.

The ancient Romans were so very powerful in their time, and a reason for that was their strong amount of people and tactics. There were different of types of solders in the ancient roman army, there was the swords men, archers and the cavalry. The main part of the army was the legion. They were made up of  5000 men and they were commanded by the legate. They were broke up into 10 cohorts, each with six hundred men. Each hundred men was commanded by a centurion, he taught them how to fight, told them his tactics and made sure that they followed his orders, some were very cruel.

Standard bearers

Each century of men had its own emblem or standard, this was carried by a very expericed and trusted solider. It was a pole with a sculpture or a symbol on top. To drop it in battle is a big disgrace to your name.

You had to be a roman citizen to become a roman legionaries, if you weren't that you couldn't. You had to be really fit and be at least 1.6 meters tall! Amazing! You were expected to stay in the army for twenty five years.

Training

Most solders joined the army when they were 18-20 years of age and in the twenty five years that they are in the army they were most likely to die. Every moth in training the solders did three thirty kilometre walks. Not only that but they had to carry a 25 kilo pack.  Legionaries would also learn drill, or marching. This was important for learning manoeuvres in battle.  New recruits were given shields and swords twice as heavy as the real thing! So when they got the real thing then it was easy to fight.

Who else was in the army?

Auxiliaries- These were soldiers from lands conquered by the Romans who volunteered to fight for the Romans. Many of these had special skills- like cavalry soldiers.

These are the things that Auxiliaries did.

• Archers

• Most fought with a sword and short spear

• Thought of by Romans as second class soldiers , paid less and not trained as rigorously

• After 25 years- they became Citizens (and their children too!)

This was my tackk on the roman army.

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