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Jul 20th, 2009 at 5:16pm
 
Hello All,

Being a total history geek as well as being pretty much exclusively of Germanic descent (German, Norwegian, Danish), I'm curious if anyone has any information on the slings used by Roman-era Germanic tribes. There was a show (Discovery Channel?) called 'Warriors' that had a short segment with ancient Germanic reenactors who used slings, claiming it was a popular weapon for guerrilla style warfare against the Romans. However, that aside I haven't been able to turn very much up. Anybody know anything?
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Reply #1 - Jul 20th, 2009 at 6:06pm
 

Sadly, no. However, this book claims there are Germanic slingers depicted on the Aurelian column:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9bIdOjvocwwC&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=germanic+s...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Column_of_Marcus_Aurelius

Not to be confused with the Trajan column....
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Reply #2 - Jul 21st, 2009 at 12:24am
 
i saw that episode as well but haven't heard anything else. what i did glean from it was that "german" literally meant 'spear men', that being their primary weapon.
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Reply #3 - Jan 12th, 2012 at 4:44pm
 
There are slingers in the Aurelian column, they may be germans :
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To see the whole column : here
And the Trajan one
(Here for the slinger)


didn't want to create a new topic so I used this old one to share Roll Eyes
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Reply #4 - Jan 13th, 2012 at 1:50pm
 
I saw that episode too, and I beleived somone posted the video clip on here, we mocked the poor imitaion of slingers they used, and then went on to other discussion.

I beleive they showed the one piece leather sling, showed them slinging somkind of weak underhand at a sheild 30yards away, and then showed a few of a few stones hitting a sheild.

I believe CA's comment was "If those stones that hit the sheild came from those slings, I'll eat them"  Wink
You could probably find the thread if you looked around a little.

The sling was pretty prevelent in almost any army without a lot of funding due to it's extremely affordable aspect plus it's incredible performance.
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"Like tying a stone to a sling is the giving of honor to a fool" Proverbs 26:8
 
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