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Am I supposed to root for the Gauls? As an American of Swedish ancestry, who can say? As an engineer, though, I am in awe of the Roman army.
I picked Alesia for a few reasons. I didn't want to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on WW2 battles while living here. Going all the way back to Ancients is a good cure for that. Sure enough, I quickly found the subject as fascinating as any from WW2. There was a whole lot to learn here, as much about the Gallic society as the Roman army and one particular battle. Some of my reading was about the individual battle, and some was about the entire Gallic War. There's a hot game right now that covers that broader conflict. Though I knew I wouldn't get to it myself just now, I was pleased to interview designer Volko Ruhnke and hear some of the design features and objectives of Falling Sky.
Alesia Frédéric Bey.
Ugh, are you sure you want to look at these? I didn't--they look terrible.
• The Gaul (2001)
• Caesar the Conqueror (1962)
• Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999) (Ok, not history, but any Frenchman will remember Asterix if you bring up Alesia)
• The Conquerors - Episode 12: Caesar - Conqueror of Gaul (a "History Channel documentary," but a pretty good one)
• The Gallic War by Julius Caesar
• Alesia 52 BC by Nic Fields
• Caesar's Legion by Stephen Dando-Collins
Remember to follow along & chime in on my geeklist/discussion) for all of my Alesia explorations. If you're a wargamer on social media, follow me on Twitter (@WargamesToGo). Feedback is always welcome.
P.S. If you want to get started on my next topic, it will be The Battle of the Bulge.