Roman Tour Paragraph
Roman war clothing was practical, for example, lighter cloth, such as linen for hot climates and heavier cloth, such as wool for colder climates. They wore trousers, Braccae, a style of pants, made from wool. Also, they would wear a loincloth, which was a one-piece male garment made of wool or linen. Socks were common apparel for marching, they fully covered their feet or would be without a toe or heel. Leg wrappings and leg bindings were strips of material wrapped from the ankle up to the calf of the leg which covered the soldiers. Their Military Tunic was a short sleeved, wide, shirt-like, undergarment made of a long piece of rectangular wool, cotton, or linen. The military belt was worn around the waist and held the dagger and the apron, which was held in the front of the belt. Their clothing acquired leather lappets, an apron / skirt of decorated strips that hung from the belt to the lower waist. They were made up of leather strips and heavily studded with metal. Offering little protection, the apron would be a source of noise or decoration by using tokens and discs to show the wars he had fought in.
Of course soldiers had protective armor, which covered their clothes. The armor consisted of a helmet made of metal (usually iron) and shoulder, arm and leg guards.
They would wear a woolen cloak which would be open in the front and would clasp around the shoulders. For extra warmth they would wrap a scarf around their neck or body to prevent chaffing. Lastly, they had military sandals or boots, which would be strong with the addition of iron hobnails used for the miles of marching the soldiers would go through. During the Gallic War, Julius Caesar became a military leader. The
War began after an attempt to preserve stability on the borders of the Roman province of Transalpine Gaul. The most famous revolt was the last one, led by Vercinqetorix. (Most famous of the Gauls) At the start of the war there was three sections: the Belgae, Celts(called Gauls by the Romans), and the Aquitani. Each were populated by large and separate tribes. They were often at war with each other and had difficult relationships. The First Gallic Revolt was taken place on the Maritime north west-coast which was dominated by the Veneti tribe. The revolt began when they seized Q. Velanius and T. Silius.
Virginia Holocaust Museum
2000 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23223
December 3, 2014
Dear Solomon Radasky:
My name is Katie Belic and I work at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond Virginia. I am a curator there and has recently obtained some fascinating photos from the Holocaust. I studied many of the pictures and became very interested in the experiences of those who were in them. I researched many survivors to read about their stories and lives including yours online. (http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org) As I was reading your story one of the photographs came into mind. After reading, it seemed as if I could actually see you in the picture suffering the same exact things. I would like to know more about the photograph and the history behind it, and I think you could give me the best information.
I read your story and noticed how you added a picture of the striped shirts that are also in my picture. So, I kept reading and saw that when you were sent to Majdanek, a concentration camp they gave you those to wear. You said everyone had to stand at the appell in wooden shoes and I didn’t know what an appell was. Though, when I looked it up it said it means, “roll call.” Also, that it was a daily feature of the camp life and would last for hours. That must have been awful and I think it’s very brave of you to have gotten through that. I discovered that my photograph is also a picture of a roll call and I think you experienced about the same thing.
I was curious and would be very gracious if we could use your story in our exhibit in the Virginia Holocaust Museum. I think it’s very important for others to know how it was during that time and a personal experience from one of the survivors. If you agree I also have some questions for you so I can add to the exhibit. In your story you talked about a man who was smoking while you were in roll call and he wouldn’t fess up and you almost got hung for it. Why didn’t you tell who it was so you wouldn’t be killed? You also mentioned a man named, Erlich that you met. Did you become good acquaintances with him and help each other out?
Thank you for putting you story on the internet so I and many others could be informed of your experiences. I would like to use it in the museum so even more people can learn about your story and the Holocaust in general.
(Link to story: http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/data.show.php?di=record&da=survivors&ke=7 )