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Military Buildup

Contributed by David Verne

All throughout this year, the Romans have been building forts, roads in Moesia, south of the Danube River, and a canal bypassing rapids in the Danube. Weapons, supplies, and baggage animals are being stockpiled in Moesia in preparation for an invasion of Dacia. The four resident legions began training for river crossings, and six additional legions are being secretly transferred to the front. Roman helmets are modified with the addition of a reinforced strip of metal to prevent the Dacian falx, a curved sword, from cutting through the helmet, and the soldiers are issued segmented metal protectors for their sword arms. Legionaries are trained to close quickly with the Dacians as an additional protection against the falx. The coming war will require logistical support for almost 100,000 soldiers, thousands of sailors, and an estimated 30,000 pack animals.

Only Trajan and his closest generals were aware of the full plan to invade Dacia the next year. To maintain appearances, the annual tribute is sent to the Dacian king, Decebalus, and Dacian ambassadors are kept in comfort in Rome. Materials for the construction of two pontoon bridges are prepared, with the plan of throwing them across the Danube after the spring floods. [1] [2]

My Take by David Verne
Two of the most important points to consider before any military campaign are logistics and surprise. During WW2, the Allies spent years stockpiling enough vehicles and supplies to attempt the Normandy Landings. An army can only fight for so long before it starts running out of food, fuel, shoes, and everything else. The Allies also went to great lengths to maintain secrecy, including creating an entire fake army and letting a body wash up on shore with fake invasion plans for the Axis to recover.

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References

  1. Dando-Collins, Stephen (2010). Legions of Rome. St. Martin's Press. 
  2. Duncan, Mike (January 10, 2010). 79- The Dacian Wars.

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