Julius Ceaser’s WarBlog


Mark Antony and Gaius Trebonius are in charge of the lines facing out, and although it was impossible to see and casualties were high, they did a good job of reinforcing our lines where necessary and weathering the assault. For the Gauls were effective at longer range: their javelins would often hit home and knock our soldiers off the rampart. But when they tried to get closer, many fell into the traps, and others succumbed to our heavy siege-spears when they got in range of the towers. They were bogged down by casualties. When the sun rose they saw they hadn’t breached our defenses anywhere, and they turned back. At this point Vercingetorix’s men weren’t even ready to attack – they had taken too long with implements they were clearly unaccustomed to. Seeing the relieving force had failed and unwilling to attempt an attack on one front, they turned back into the town.

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