James Iwatsubo: Roman Military

Roman army was a leading force and the most impressive military of it’s time . It was comprised of volunteers who served 20 to 40 years. It, had at peak 5,000 members serving. Members were also aggressively recruited  in Italy and Roman colonies. Having a huge defense budget allowed them to have large scale operations defending against vicious armies like the Vikings. The military was a major cause of Roman expansion and success . As, invading countries and using their resources allowed Rome to  gain much wealth.  The policy of militarism helped Rome flourish in the beginning. But, soon all these warfare took a toll on the Roman empire. After, the decline of the Roman empire, a legion’s size was greatly reduced and its military became a shadow of its former self.

Robert Combs: Roman Military

The Roman army was highly trained and divided into specialized units called Legionaries and  Auxillia. Legionaries were heavily armed with spears and swords. Legions were divided groups of 4,200 to 5,000 highly trained men called cohorts. Senior Legionnaires were given their own equipment which was unheard of  at that time.  Siege weaponry was overtaken by engineers who devised and designed forts and weapons. The Ballista was innovated and become more deadly with the help of Roman engineers creativity and ingenuity. Roman engineers innovated the Ballista making smaller and easier to carry.  The armor was  also lighter and more protective.  Regular soldier were also educated in military tactics such as siege craft. With better equipment and using advanced  tactics the Roman military dominated the battlefield.

Holocaust Letter

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23233

December 3, 2014

Dear Solomon Radasky:

I admire you for prevailing through such a sad and lethal event in human history.  My name is Robert Combs, I am the director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, right here in Richmond. This year after several charitable events, we are excited to announce the expansion of the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Sifting through our choices of exhibits to put on display, we found a picture that possibly has to do with your survival story and I was wondering if we could include your story along with our brand new exhibit.

We came across your incredible Holocaust survival story online at (http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/) your story is amazing, saddening, but also awakening; we would love to share it with the world. The picture found at Auschwitz near the Crematoriums was just eye-opening. Throughout your journey from work camp to work camp you miraculously survived and had many near death experiences.

I was wondering if you would allow us to use your story as an exhibit in the museum in the Virginia Holocaust Museum. The exposure of your survival story is crucial to the progression of knowledge for the next generation so they don’t forget what terrible things occurred, we want to teach this generation in order to prevent a repetition of the past.

Thank you for publishing your story online so that I could further educate myself about your story and get to know you better as a person and a survivor.  Your story is inspiring and it would make a big impact on the next generation.


Robert Combs