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David Groves
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Hi all

I've done some reading on the Roman army recently (I'm no expert, though) and know that the Roman's had all types of troops, such as heavy and light infantry plus auxiliaries but would such a highly disciplined army have a type of unit to match the warriors from CCA. I thought that such a class would be suitable for the barbarian armies but not the Roman despite using men from all nationalities.

Thank you for any historical guidance.

Dave
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The Roman army has Warrior blocks, but they are not used often, at least when the Gray army represents Rome. And when they are used, usually you find in the historical background what they represent.

For example, going quickly through the scenario book, I find 2nd Beneventum in which Gracchus used two legions of slaves.
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Michal K
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Indeed, Warriors on Roman side are very rare in CCA scenaros - which correctly shows their use by Roman Army - sporadic, opportunistic but not a general rule.
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Mark McG
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The Romans used various allies in most wars, I have some recollection of Spanish Celto-Iberian allied troops in the 2nd Punic War. Julius Caesar used German cavalry extensively in the conquest of Gaul.

In the Empire period the extensive use of Barbarian mercenaries. Hunnish cavalry was widely used when they were available.

As the Empire rolled into the Byzantine period, the army became almost exclusively Barbarian, sometimes captured enemy troops moved to foreign lands to fight as Roman (Byzantine) allies. The Visigoths came into the Empire seeking refuge from the Huns, and were sent to Italy to evict the Vandals.
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David Groves
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Hi gents

Thank you all very much for coming back to me. You are right in that the warriors are not used much in the game from the Roman side and that would indicate that a warrior class was rarely used. It looks very much that the Roman's relied, at times,more on foreign troops in their raw state than my reading suggested; I need to broaden my reading material

All the best
Dave
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Martin S
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David Groves wrote:
I need to broaden my reading material
I love the way C&C opens up an interest in new historical periods. It's been C&C:N and The Great War for me.
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Myke Cole
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The Roman army frequently used "allied" units both as alae (wings) and even in the main battle lines. In the Imperial period, the Romans professionalized/standardized Auxilia units that were usually drawn from their respective localities, and which held citizenship as a reward for enlistment. Such units would frequently be made of "barbarians."

I would expect any Roman army to have some disorganized "warrior" units made up of "friends and allies." I think C&C:A is pretty spot on in working this into the scenarios.

Hope that helps.
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