Roman Fort (25 SEPT)
The Battle of Alesia or Siege of Alesia was a military engagement in the Gallic Wars that took place in September, 52 BC, around the fortified settlement of Alesia, a major centre of the Mandubii tribe. It was fought by the army of Julius Caesar against a confederation of Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingetorix of the Arverni. It was the last major engagement between gauls and Romans, and is considered one of Caesar's greatest military achievements and a classic example of siege warfare. The battle of Alesia marked the end of Gallic independence in France and Belgium.
In AD 60, the ICENI of East Anglia who were led by the legendary Boudica, rebelled against Roman rule, and were defeated in a battle fought it is believed somewhere in the midlands.
The Fort Lunt was built around AD60 to act as a supply depot and headquarters for the Roman Army during the final campaign against Boudica.
Alesia was an oppidum (fortified settlement) on a lofty hill, with two rivers on two different sides. Due to such strong defensive features, Caesar decided on a siege to force surrender by starvation. Considering that about 80,000 men were garrisoned in Alesia, together with the local civilian population, this would not have taken long.
To guarantee a perfect blockade, Caesar ordered the construction of an encircling set of fortifications around Alesia. It was eleven Roman miles long (16 km, each mile equivalent to around 1,000 left-foot steps, meaning one stepped with their right, then left) and had 24 redoubts (towers). While work was in progress, the Gauls carried out cavalry sallies to disrupt the construction. Caesar placed the legions in front of the camp in case of a sally by the infantry and got his Germanic allies to pursue the Gallic cavalry
Straight sections and corner sections will be available to produce a complete fort or a suitable defensive perimeter.
The jjDesigns Roman Fort will provide the perfect backdrop to either a Boudica Rebellion, or a Siege of Alesia display.