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Why Did 16,000 Romans Die at Kalkriese?

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Faced with the force of the Roman legions, the rebel Arminius handpicked a battlefield in which their strategy was useless.

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It's one of history's great mysteries: How did the most powerful army in the world get wiped out by a bunch of barbarians? The answer lies in Germania's dark forests, and in the unpredictable skies above. Travel back to 9 A.D. and enter the dark Teutoburg Forest, where three Roman legions, 16,000 men strong, fell victim to treacherous terrain, guerilla tactics, and a violent monsoon. Their defeat would deplete most of the Roman army, create a boundary between Latin and Germanic Europe that exists to this day, and change the course of history.

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