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Bunnik/Odijk - 1950 years Roman Limes
Saturday 31 May 1997

Ticket for the eventThis is where my Re-enactment fever really took off. All these pictures were shot on the saturday of the enormous Roman Meeting at Odijk, near Utrecht. This was organised to comemmorate the 1950st year since the Romans chose the Rhine for their border. We heard of it just that day, and indeed, the merchants complained bitterly about the bad advertising by the organisation. Nevertheless, we rushed over and were rewarded with the largest meeting of Roman re-enactors I've yet seen.
Guests were the Legio II Augusta (UK), Legio VI Victrix (Germany and UK), Legio VIII Augusta (Germany and UK), Legio X Gemina (Netherlands and Czech Republic), Legio XI Claudia Pia Fidelis (Switzerland), Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix (UK), Legio XV Apollinaris (Austria), Cohors I Batavorum (UK), Cohors I Germanorum (Germany), Cohors IIII Vindelicorum (Germany), Cohors V Asturum (UK) and the Cohors VI Asturum (Germany).
The weather was very good; warm and sunny throughout the day, matbe just a little too hot for the performers on the field.

One of us (Harry) wondering about the difference in length..
One of us (Harry) wondering about the difference in length..
In the camp - the famous shield of Mithras.
In the camp - the famous shield of Mithras.
Not just Romans, these are early Germans.
Not just Romans, these are early Germans.
Meeting of periods - an Imperial Gallic helmet vs. a much later ridge helmet.
Meeting of periods - an Imperial Gallic helmet vs. a much later 'Burgh Castle' ridge helmet.
The units form up, neat row after neat row..
The units form up, neat row after neat row..
Discussing strategy, the O-group, Roman style.
Discussing strategy, the O-group, Roman style.
Orders are issues to the ranks..
Orders are issues to the ranks..
..and the Legions move out.
..and the Legions move out.
On the big field, the units form again into rows.
On the big field, the units form again into rows.
The local press uses the pause to interview the commanders.
The local press uses the pause to interview the commanders.
Signifers take the lead for the parade.
Signifers take the lead for the parade.
The ballista guards the positions.
The ballista guards the positions.
Syrian archer of X Gemina.
Syrian archer of X Gemina.
A feast for the eye! (Lyndsey from II Augusta).
A feast for the eye! (Lyndsey from II Augusta)
Auxiliaries form the Cohors V Asturum/Colchester) seen from the armoured back.
Auxiliaries form the Cohors V Asturum/Colchester) seen from the armoured back.
Final parade of the Legionaries..
Final parade of the Legionaries..
..across a very hot field. It must be scorchy beneath such a face-mask!
..across a very hot field. It must be scorchy beneath such a face-mask!
Nice helmet.
Nice helmet.
The army forms up for the big attack.. The entire line-up was awesome: I counted 86 Romans!
The army forms up for the big attack.. The entire line-up was awesome: I counted 86 Romans in this picture!
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Wait for it...
Wait for it...
Gaining speed...
Gaining speed...
Pressing home!
Pressing home!
"Well, sir, was that a nice enough scaring of the locals?"
"Well, sir, was that a nice enough scaring of the locals?"
After showing off, it's show time for the hardware, with lessons in armour flashing across the field.
After showing off, it's show time for the hardware, with lessons in armour flashing across the field.
The Duces report back to the Emperor about the attack.
The Duces report back to the Emperor about the attack.
Guardian of the Empire.
Guardian of the Empire.
Having secured the border..
Having secured the border..
.. the victorious units...
.. the victorious units...
.. one after the other...
.. one after the other...
.. are off to lunch!
.. are off to lunch!
True to ancient tradition ..
True to ancient tradition ..
.. the cavalry is non-Roman. 'Heads up' for the Celt!
.. the cavalry is non-Roman. 'Heads up' for the Celt!
Camp scenes.
Camp scenes.
The German camp.
The German camp.
It's afternoon, and the army's on the march again.
It's afternoon, and the army's on the march again.
More marching on the trainingfield.
More marching on the trainingfield.
Now, it's much warmer, and..
Now, it's much warmer, and..
.. the heat really affects the soldiers ..
.. the heat really affects the soldiers ..
.. as can be clearly seen here.
.. as can be clearly seen here.
The auxiliaries are the last to arrive.
The auxiliaries are the last to arrive.
Final manouvres. No mistake, gentlemen; you suffered, but we loved it.
Final manouvres. No mistake, gentlemen; you suffered, but we loved it.
"Optio, are we ready yet?"
"Optio, are we ready yet?"
Led by our by now familiar signifers..
Led by our by now familiar signifers..
.. the troops hastily retreat back to camp and a cool-off.
.. the troops hastily retreat back to camp and a cool-off.
Yrs truly with a Late Roman helmet.
Yrs truly with a Late Roman helmet.
Unseen by most Romans, there was a stealthy German invasion.
Unseen by most Romans, there was a stealthy German invasion.
Captured Romans pulling ox-carts?? This was a local protest, about missed contracts.
Captured Romans pulling ox-carts?? This was a local protest, about missed contracts.
And the would-be Germans leave, leaving their modern counterparts behind.
And the would-be Germans leave, leaving their modern counterparts behind.

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