Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?




 
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April 12th, 2012  
KevinTheCynic
 
 

Topic: Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?


Okay, now that I have your attention, this is actually a question that was raised on Reddit and prompted an article in Popular Mechanics. Quite an entertaining read on all counts.

Rome, Sweet Rome Popular Mechanics article

Rome, Sweet Rome Reddit article
April 13th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
As you are aware Kevin, the Roman Legions were the most disciplined and effective army at the time.

The Battle of Watling Street took place in Roman-occupied Britain in AD 60 or 61 between an alliance of indigenous British peoples led by Boudica and a Roman army led by Gaius Suetonius Paulinus. Although heavily outnumbered, the Romans decisively defeated the allied tribes, inflicting heavy losses on them. The battle marked the end of resistance to Roman rule in Britain in the southern half of the island, a period that lasted until 410 AD. Although heavily outnumbered simply by using superior tactics the Roman Army won the day.


However, to answer your question could a modern marine unit beat the Roman Army? I would hazard a guess and say that the Roman would adopt new tactics against the threat (after the initial shock of such modern weaponry), but one thing springs to mind, logistics. Would the marine unit have enough fuel, ammunition, rations and so on in reserve to carry them through such a campaign? On top of that the Roman Army would have far more local knowledge then a modern Marine unit and would use that to their advantage.

I could see Roman units carrying out more of a Guerrilla warfare campaign, then direct attacks.

Nonetheless, an interesting question
April 13th, 2012  
42RM
 
A modern marine unit would run through them like a hot knife in butter - until they ran out fuel and ammunition.

Then the Romans are back in their familiar form of combat and it's good night Joe.
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April 13th, 2012  
KevinTheCynic
 
 
And that's pretty much what the guy on Reddit has happen in his write-up. He reasoned that the Marines would easily win the first encounters but once their fuel and ammo ran low, they'd be in an increasingly tight spot. Especially once the initial shock the Romans would be subject to, wore off. Simple weight of numbers would weigh against the Marines after they ran short of consumables.

One thing that did make me laugh on the Reddit posts, one guy replied mentioning that as Marines, they would have the local language on a laptop for translation purposes... umm, last time I checked no modern military force was studying ancient Latin (or any other ancient language for that matter)!

Still, an entertaining read all in all and apparently someone wants to make a movie of it.
October 2nd, 2012  
03USMC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 42RM
A modern marine unit would run through them like a hot knife in butter - until they ran out fuel and ammunition.

Then the Romans are back in their familiar form of combat and it's good night Joe.
Land the TRAP element from some 53's right in front of the Imperial Palace with an over flight of AV8's and Cobras.

"We have been sent by Jupiter! He commands you to bow down! Now wash you're women and bring them to us!"

It could probably go fairly well for awhile.
October 2nd, 2012  
42RM
 
Ahh! Italian girls
October 3rd, 2012  
NP8901
 
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Originally Posted by 42RM
Ahh! Italian girls
Do tell, Boss
October 3rd, 2012  
Freyja
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by NP8901
Do tell, Boss
Guess it is dirty
October 4th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freyja
Guess it is dirty
I wonder if his "Trouble and Strife" is watching.
October 4th, 2012  
NP8901
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I wonder if his "Trouble and Strife" is watching.
I hope so.
 


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