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Reply #30 - Mar 1st, 2006 at 9:26am
 
Anyway, I found the reference. It was written by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, about the battle of Pyrrus.

   " In battle they use wagons to counter his elephants, mounting bowmen, hurlers of stones, and slingers, who threw iron caltrops."
 
  Personally, if the Bug Bunny cartoons have taught me anything, I would have just used mice. Shocked
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Reply #31 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 5:51am
 
" In battle they use wagons to counter his elephants, mounting bowmen, hurlers of stones, and slingers, who threw iron caltrops."

Ah, NOW we see the violence inherent in the system. Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, Help, I'm being repressed!

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Reply #32 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 6:27am
 
Bloody peasant! Grin
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Reply #33 - Mar 12th, 2006 at 11:32am
 
  Found  another reference!!
  This one is from the Battle of Thapsus. The African General Scipio was using elephants against the Romans.
  " Meanwhile, the slingers and archers on the right wing hurled rapid vollies of missles at the dense mass of elephants, with result that the beasts, terrified at the whistling of the sling shot and the showering of stones and lead bullets, turned round and began to trample down their fellows."
   Pretty impressive. I can just see the war stories '" No s--t, there I was, me against a hundred, a stone my only weapon."
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Reply #34 - Mar 19th, 2006 at 3:51pm
 
When War elephants didn't work.... do you think the idea of War Tigers ever came to anyones mind?

*my fake reference*

"... and the War Tigers turned on their masters the moment they were released, killing all of the army. Then they went on to attack the other side, and both armies died. on that day, two civilizations fell to ruins... And a lot of tigers feasted like kings."

Hmm.... I should make a book!

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Reply #35 - Mar 23rd, 2006 at 12:23pm
 
I suppose it makes more sense, than, say war aardvarks
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Reply #36 - Mar 23rd, 2006 at 1:43pm
 
Or War Badgers! Roll Eyes
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Reply #37 - Mar 23rd, 2006 at 3:37pm
 
"And the War Badgers charged first into battle! The enemies came out and killed all the badgers immediately and fled the battlefield! While they were all talking to a skinner to make badger hats, We conquered their land!"

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Reply #38 - Apr 20th, 2006 at 12:00pm
 
Hello,

when did the Romans start using the fustibalus?

I know, late Roman writer Vegetius mentions them, but was the weapon already in use in Republican times?

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Reply #39 - Apr 21st, 2006 at 1:17pm
 
This question can be put out in a general forum type of entry.  That way, more people will see it.
  As for your question, I haven't found any references to fustibals any earlier than Vegetius. that doesn't mean that they weren't there though. Slingers did not occupy a high rank in the Roman army at this time, so were frequently not mentioned.
  Anybody else, can you help??
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Reply #40 - Apr 23rd, 2006 at 3:19pm
 
Fritz, mice only scare elephants in cartoons, haven't you learned that yet?
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Reply #41 - Apr 24th, 2006 at 10:17am
 
its a lie its not true Shocked cartoons Lied to me ? Shocked...*childhood inocence lost forever*  Cry
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