Roman Army Supply Lines and Logistics (Overview) – Rome Video



published: 2018-06-28 15:36:30

We lay out the high level logistical system of the imperial Roman army. This focuses on supplies with the army, gathered by the army, and sent to the army. Finally we break down how supply lines were organized. For more history, check out Ancient Warfare Magazine: https://bit.ly/2KqZlH3

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“Logistics of the Roman Army at War” by Jonathan P. Roth

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  1. Oh goodie! Now I know how to feed my legion in case I get sent back in time

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  2. Now that I saw this I really want to play/create a Roman based Pen&Paper

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  3. Should discuss supply by sea as well.

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  4. Please do more of these kind of videos, they are amazing!

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  5. Nice video and all I liked the animations, a point for some constructive criticism is your images however, why are the romans white and have European features? You are only helping to destroy history by putting images like this, please consider it for future projects and do some research on ethnic makeup of ancient Rome, I can assure you they were not "white" but closer to the modern African American man today, they conquered white peoples lands sure and brought civilization to Europe but that doesn't make them white, keep it in mind, im a calm guy but some people might see this as you being a culture vulture.

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  6. Hello, it would be useful to hear the date or the war that these logistics were used in.

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  7. Could you guys do a video overview about how Roman roads and infrastructure worked if you haven't already?

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  8. very great video, I'm always super excited to see a new historical video, and I enjoyed this one a lot.

    A quick idea for a future topic would be the change of Greek troops during the later ancient era i.e. the successor kingdoms armies.

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  9. You should dedicate an entire video on roman toilets.

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  10. K e e p p u m p I n g t h e s e o u t

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  11. Very good! It does make the old saying sound more valid : Amateurs talk about tactics and strategy, experts talk about logistics. Not saying that the Romans never lost on a tactical or strategical level, but if their logistical level of preparations was always sophisticated like that, in comparison to their enemies, they must have thwarted a ton half-hearted attempts to threaten their supply line.

    OTOH, roman cavalry always seems to have been sub-par to enemies. They used it for scouting, and in famous battles they played an insignificant role.

    Could the romans have benefited from putting more emphasis on their cavalry disrupting enemy supply lines rather than making their own supply lines well defended and reliable by the methods you present?

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  12. A Centurian walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and says '5 beers please'.

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  13. Wait, these sort of logistical system is so unsustainable??? No wonder the Roman Empire fell, imagine having to mobilise all those legions including logistical routes and supplies to respond to each attack by the Germans tribes, and to follow them and chase them back out of western Roman territory, the Romans mastered everything except logistics, I mean yeah they’re so organised and got it done, but the question regarding the efficiency of this system leaves a huge technological gap between what the Romans were capable of at the time and their logistical systems. Funny how such an advanced civilisation could not improve their logistical systems.

    Isn’t anyone else surprised about how the Romans even managed to last this long with all this inefficiency? From the deserts of the levant and the snowy mountains of the alps. From woods and forests, it’s unbelievable. All it took was a war with multiple fronts and their ability to respond and mobilise would be immediately obsolete.

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  14. Does this mean that the further away the army moves from the operational base the slower it becomes? because the supplies will take longer and longer to reach the army?

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  15. So, if you have relatively empty camps with a lot of loots, were’t they robbed quite often by local rebels or the enemy itself?

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  16. Fascinating word indeed done by you Invicta .

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  17. sooo basically the tactical base is like a roman uber eats

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  18. Where is the part where the funding was predominantly dependent on trade with Bharatam?

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  19. Would be awesome if some studio made a Roman empire logistical system manager game, something like Caeser III but with Warehouse and Logistics Simulator <3

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  20. a video about roman improvised military constructions would be so awesome!

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  21. Who does your art, or do you do it yourself?

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  22. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand you just earned another Subscriber!

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  23. 40 kilograms has no meaning to me

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  24. According to your numbers, roman soldiers ate just under 6000 calories in grain a day….. :S

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  25. Do a Qin, Han, Tang, and Ming overview!

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  26. Only a modern first-worlder would consider carrying 40,000 gallons water with them when Europe has streams and rivers everywhere.

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  27. SUPPLIES MOTHERFUCKER!
    SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER!
    DEPRIVED MOTHERFUCKER!

    Sir! Your supplies are raided Sir!

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  28. Waiting for the supply train mechanic to make it into Grand Strategy games!

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  29. where do you get the 20 miles per day figure?

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  30. Y'all need to brown up some of those Roman soldiers. Sure they would have had some Gauls but were mostly talking Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, and North Africans. Copper is the name of the game. Road pic was good.

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  31. i would like it if you could give a sort of example campaign, like logistics but about time. how long does it take to deploy an army somewhere, and when does all these things take place? did some of the campaigns involve making roads on the way there, is that what the video implied? it seems like something that would take a lot of time, and to me implies that campaigns could stretch for much longer than i'd anticipate

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  32. I would like to see you do a video on the process of annexation for the romans.

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  33. If you like this channel then you deserve to see the finished "EVOLUTION OF THE LEGIONS" series. FINISH THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Show us the tools they used to make all the weapons of war for the Roman "army".
    How long did it take to make a "two" edged sword?
    How did they learn the trade of weapon making?
    Did the Romans have trade schools?
    Did the Romans have a textile industry to make all the Roman army clothes?
    *No tools no real history.

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  35. Is there a computer game that makes you deal with these supply issues?

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  36. I wish this topic becomes popular through the rest of the youtube military history community so there are more videos from more points of view and styles of presentation. And maybe with the increased interest, future war game designers will include these issues.

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