55 BCE. Julius Caesar with the 7th and 10th Legions are trying to subjugate the Britons. The key word here is "trying." The celts of Britain aren't going down without a fight and it seems that the elements are on their side. This episode you're going to learn about one of the worst days of Caesar's Gallic wars. Certainly not the worst day of his life, that awful day on the Senate floor has that dubious honor, but it was still pretty bad. The question is, would he be able to turn thing around?
(History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History)
Lets catch you up. Caesar is in Britannia with the Seventh and Tenth Legions, has fought a single battle, and has subsequently received the surrender of the surrounding tribes. But basically after that first landing battle, the Brits had had enough. This cold and eerily silent group of foreigners were just too well armed, too well organized, and just too effective in the battlefield. Peace was the only way to deal with people such as this.
So for four days the brits from the surrounding area came to Caesar to surrender.
And on the fourth day, Caesar's cavalry finally set sail. Remember them? The 500 cavalry that embarked at a different port from the rest of Caesar’s army? Yeah, they were finally on their way… and that was really good news because those Britons had chariots, and that made them irritatingly speedy. While Caesar had won on the battlefield, he was probably all too aware that he was still exposed so long as the Britons could quickly move throughout the island unchecked. And frankly, until the Romans could ride the Britons down, he wouldn’t be able to stamp out any further resistance… and despite whatever legal pretenses he was giving, that was essentially what Caesar wanted to accomplish here. An end to british resistance and consequently, an end to their interference with his affairs in Gaul.
This fleet was no doubt a big relief. And actually, because of the size of the channel, and the scale of the fleet, the Romans encamped in Britannia were able to see the ships as they crossed.Click here to be able to read the full rough transcript.