Chiltern Open Air Museum: Romans vs Britons

We made the trip to the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Sunday for the first time to check out their Romans vs Britons day. The day was the hottest of the year so far and the sky was unbroken blue. This made it a touch warm to be sat out in the open but the entertainment made it all worth while and factor 20 sun cream saw us alright.

The Romans vs Britons event was held by the Vicus re-enactment society and they did a fine job, first with a series of informative tutorials about period weapons and culture, culminating in the battles we had all come along to see. The Romans didn’t keep the strict, close formations they’re renown for, leading in what we thought were rather more mixed results to the battles than would have historically been the case. Nevertheless it provided great entertainment and involved hurled cabbaged amongst other warring techniques.

Here are a few of the photos from the day:

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  1. It’s hard to fight with a “strict closed formation” when the field is larger than your numbers. All that happens is that the other side laps around and behind you and you are usually despatched by an enemy unseen.

    When we have larger numbers, we demonstrate the laughable stupidity of “the orb”, as presented as the best way to fend off barbarians. All that happens are that the enemy circles you and pours missle weapons (javelins, sling stones and arrows) over the heads of one “side” of the formation and into the rear of the other.
    The difference between this and later similar tactics (as between cowboys and indians – wagontrains – and british squares vs french cavalry is superior firepower).

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