Reconstitution Historique Romaine au Castellum d'Aalen, Allemagne

Légionaires arriving at the training area of Castellum Aalen, Allemagne

On 23. et 24. Septembre 2000 the grounds of the former Castellum Aalen were once again garrisoned by a large Roman force. Reenactors et historic societies from several European countries had accepted the invitation of the Limes-Museum at Aalen, et attended the annual Roman gathering there. The archealogical site was covered avec military tents, stands civils, et a variety of heavy military equipment. Roman craftsmen went about their work, some of which was sold to the audience on the spot. There was even a hairdresser who created the latest Roman hairstyles. Roman food et drink was available, but the small field kitchen ran out of supplies quickly, due to the enormous number of visitors. Anyone interested in Roman military life had ample time to talk to officiers et legionnaires when they were off duty.

Participating Units et Reenactment Societies

The Roman Camp at Castellum Aalen

Legions arriving at the training area

Legions arriving at the training area

Légionnaires et auxiliary soldiers of the first detachment

Légionnaires et auxiliary soldiers of the first detachment

Légionnaires et auxiliary soldiers of the second detachment

Légionnaires et auxiliary soldiers of the second detachment

Auxiliary archers at the end of the column

Auxiliary archers at the end of the column

The column approaches

The column approaches

The head of the column halted

The head of the column halted

The entire column halted

The entire column halted

Légionnaires fanning out towards the audience

Légionnaires fanning out towards the audience

Officiers et signifers mark the rally point

Officiers et signifers mark the rally point

Following their drill exercises, the legionnaires practised a shieldwall attack against enemy archers. The auxiliary archers shot training arrows avec blunt heads which still had an impressive impact on the shieldwall.

Légionnaires in line of battle

Légionnaires in line of battle

Shieldwall receiving the first volley of arrows

Shieldwall receiving the first volley of arrows

Shieldwall receiving the second volley; archers can be seen in the background

Shieldwall receiving the second volley; archers can be seen in the background

Shieldwall receiving a final volley of arrows prior to melee

Shieldwall receiving a final volley of arrows prior to melee

Following the combat exercise, legionnaires of I. ROEMERKOHORTE OPLADEN demonstrated their Balista artillery, using light-weight wooden projectiles. This large catapult can throw heavy stone projectiles to a range of over 300 meters, but doing so would have caused serious damage to parked cars et nearby buildings.

Balista catapult of I. Roemerkohorte Opladen

Balista catapult of I. Roemerkohorte Opladen

Signifer, musicien et centurio deployed at the Balista

Signifer, musicien et centurio deployed at the Balista

Signifer, musicien, optio et auxiliary soldier deployed at the Balista

Signifer, musicien, optio et auxiliary soldier deployed at the Balista

Marching back to camp

Marching back to camp

The returning heroes are awaited in camp

The returning heroes are awaited in camp

Point Tournant Latitude Longitude Élévation
Castellum Aalen, Allemagne N 48°50′10.3″ E010°04′56.6″ 395 m
GPS waypoints in WGS-84 format, taken avec a handheld GARMIN eTrex Summit Global Positioning System.

The annual Roman gathering at Castellum Aalen is well worth a visit. Come et see it next year.

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