THE ORIGINAL LEGION XIIII
Roman Gladiator handle Penknife
LEGION XIIII AUXILIARY CAVALRY
THE AUXILIARY CAVALRY CAN PROVIDE AN AMAZING DISPLAY OF HORSE CONTROL, WHETHER THROWING SPEARS FROM THE GALLOP OR RIDING THEIR PONIES IN ONE OF 5 GAITS, UTILISING THE INHERENT EQUINE CAPABILITIES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO THIS BREED. THESE HORSES ARE FULLY EQUIPPED WITH ROMAN FOUR HORNED SADDLES WHICH GIVES THE RIDER AN EXCELLENT PURCHASE! BASED ON AN ORIGINAL SADDLE RECONSTRUCTION OBTAINED FROM PETER CONNOLLY... WHICH HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO ACCOMODATE MORE RECENT PRACTICAL RIDING EXPERIENCE BY THESE GERMANIC RIDERS WITH THEIR AMAZING PONIES.
A WEEK IN THE WELSH MOUNTAINS FOR BBC2
Some shots they did not show you... the water did not feel cold because our body heat had lowered during the week.
But almost every night the whole valley froze up. By 1000 hrs each morning the temperature rose just above freezing making the ground a wet cold mess. I laid straw around the encampment to at least give our feet a break from ankle deep wet fluid cold mud.
The Romans unlike the BBC new better than to campaign in the winter!
Filmed by BBC and shown many times on Discovery & History Channel.
Keeping the fire going was a difficult task during the worst recorded rainfall in Welsh history. Every piece of wood was water logged. All wood had to be dried before we could burn it.
The mountains had become waterfalls and the tracks rivers. Unfortunately this was not shown by the BBC as it was not a programme about weather... so they said! :-[
Those lovely frozen tents in the morning... the crispy white grass... the frozen sandals... the ice cutting wind! After just one night it was to much for one of the recruits... one blanket against a frosty night and he had had enough. Even the camera crew were safely back in a nice warm farm house a few miles away... before it was dark. The weather was our real enemy... not the discipline or even the food. We fried no eggs... or bacon... or sausages... we seemed to be living on basic vegatables. Yet the romans would have eaten such as these foods!
LET US DEMONSTRATE THE USE AND POWER OF THIS
DEVASTATING EARLY WEAPON, FIRST MENTIONED IN ANCIENT WRITINGS BY PHILON IN
200 BC. LIKE THE SCORPION, THE ROMAN ONAGER IS ALSO A TORSION POWERED SEIGE
BY THE FOURTH CENTURY IT WAS IN COMMON USE BY THE ROMAN ARMY, USED TO SMASH DOWN ENEMY FORTIFICATIONS BY HURLING A GIANT 80 KILO ROCK. THE ONAGER EARNED ITS NAME,WILD ASS, BECAUSE OF THE POWERFUL KICK GENERATED BY THE RECOIL AS THE SEIGE MACHINE UNLEASHED IT'S HEAVY PAYLOAD!