Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

How were Romans able to cross the British channel and conquer what is known today as England ?

but Nazi Germany with all her prowess weren't ? 


i think Hitler was a coward and feared not admired Britain . 

22 Answers

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    The RAF was in a bit of a mess in those days.

  • 1 month ago

    Its a sneaky thing, call yourself an Emperor but you rule a single Italian City State. Recruit fighters from your first victory to your last and pay them well. Build roads, viaducts and centrally heated homes thereby employing thousands of unskilled slaves and teach them masonry skills. Sneak across the channel in umpteen numbers of boats being careful to bring chariots, Rome's equivalent to todays battletanks. Go North killing or enslaving everyone in your way, build roads, aqueducts and settle in centrally heated homes surrounded by a military made up of French (Gauls), Jutes, Picts, Africans and anybody that they met. If you kill everybody behind you that's one place you won't find an enemy. Bastards.

  • 1 month ago

    It is beyond Ludicrous to compare  Roman-times England, to WW2  England. 

    At the time of the Romans,   there was no Monarchy in England or global power.  They were tribes of nomads and savages more or less,  whereas, the Romans had a massive navy, and had conquered the entire MED....and beyond. 

    1800 years later......fortunes were reversed,  England became a global power,  at one point had the most massive , well trained, well equipped Navy and conquered a pretty impressive chunk of the world and had colonies all over. 

    But then they pissed off their American colonies.....and they formed their own country, and then fortunes started to reverse again,  with America now becoming the global super power, surpassing England in Naval Power and sheer size and global influence. 

    By WW2........Both England and America had formidable Naval forces,  that had no trouble no only dealing with Hitler,  with the Japanese on the other side of the world,  similtaneously. 

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It's estimated that the population of Great Britain prior to the arrival of the Romans was around 4 million people. They were scattered across the expanse of the island and weren't organised into a cohesive society capable of forming a united front against an invading force. At its narrowest point, Great Britain is less than 25 miles from continental Europe. The Romans had been a formidable naval power for centuries before the conquest of Great Britain. The Romans possessed superior military technology and had developed superior military strategies and the native Britons were simply no match for them. 

    Nazi Germany was, just like Britain, a highly developed and industrialised wealthy country, and both were capable of bringing their technological assets into play in their 20th century conflict. There is simply no comparison. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It was much easier for the Romans and no one was expecting them to come across to England.  Likely England at the time had no organized army unlike the Romans who had a professional army that were well armed and well trained in battle tactics against the English that had no army and didn't know the Romans were coming.

      For the Germans, England had been preparing since the mid 1930s for such an invasion.  They could see Germany re-arming well above its need for self defence and knew people like Hitler and many German men were angry at Germany surrendering in WW1 and many wanted revenge.

      Whereas Germany seemed to only do basic planning believing their army was so powerful that it could easily win any battle, and had easily up to the Battle of Britain including forcing the British to flee back to England minus their weaponry.  Britain realized that to beat off the Germans they would need excellent planning as well as a lot of luck.  The Germans were over confident and underestimated the planning and cunning of the British.  Luckily Reginald Mitchell an aircraft designer believed that there would very likely be war with Germany and he designed the Spitfire fighter that was equal to the German BF109 fighter the Germans used.  

      The Germans believed that beating Britain would be easy as it had been in Poland and France where the German Air Force was only up against mostly biplane fighters many not much more advanced than aircraft of WW1.  The Germans had to wipe out the British Royal Air Force before they could risk taking an invasion force across the English Channel as the invasion force would be sitting ducks if the RAF was still dominant in the skies.  In other battles the Germans would hit and be gone before any planes could get up to altitude to fight them, but Britain had a good Radar system which could see the Germans just after take off in France.  The British had exerything worked out to maximise hitting power of their aircraft using Spitfires on the German fighters while the British Hurricane fighters took on the bombers.  The Germans outnumbered the British 4 to 1 in the skies but the German fighters could not venture for long over British soil before needing to fly back to France as they were low on fuel.  European fighters of the time were only short range aircraft of about 1 and a half hours total flight time before running out of fuel.  They could not support the German bombers for long, leaving the bombers exposed to the fighters.  For the first few weeks the Germans were doing huge damage to the RAF on the ground as they bombed their air bases but the Germans were struggling to understand how the British fighter planes were always at altitude ready to take the Germans on, and finally the Germans realized the British had Radar but never seriously attacked the Radar towers.  The Germans had virtually wiped out the RAF and were nearly ready for the invasion.

      The turning point was when Britain decided to bomb Berlin the heart of Germany.  It wasn't anything too damaging but Hitler was furious as no country had actually bombed German soil before and Hitler who was a very vengeful man ordered the German Air Force to change from the original plan to destroy the RAF and to bomb London.  London took an absolute beating but now the Air bases in England were left alone and started to repair and rebuild.  Soon the RAF was stronger than it had been earlier and they started to shoot down German planes in much larger numbers to the point the Germans realized they could not replace their planes as fast as Britain was shooting them down.  Finally the Germans realized it was hopeless that Britain had become too strong and they had not destroyed the RAF and it would be too dangerous to try sending an invasion force across the Channel while Britain could bomb and strafe them destroying most of the invasion force before they even got ashore.

      Many felt the Germans had underestimated the logistics of a sea bourne invasion as there is a need to capture fully working ports and have to bring all their supplies across the water which takes huge amount of time to load, ship, unload supplies and then get them to the soldiers at the front.  The British would have blown up all the ports so the Germans would not be able to unload the large ammount of supplies leaving their troops struggling with little fuel, food and ammunition to keep fighting.  Even many German Military leaders belived Germany was no where ready or capable of such a huge invasion but Hitler was so sure the British would surrender once German forces were ashore, he believed the invasion could not fail.  If Britain had fallen or surrendered likely Germany would have taken over all Europe including Russia and likely Germany and Japan would have worked together to take over all the world.  The failure to invade and capture Britain was the turning point in the war and from then on Germany basically failed to conquer any other major countries.

  • 1 month ago

    Boats have been in use since 12,000 BC. I think they figured it out.

  • ree
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    The Roman army was generally recruited in Italia, Hispania, and Gaul. To cross the English Channel they used the newly formed Classis Britannica fleet equipped with Mediterranean war galleys, which were much thicker in wood and more stable on rough waters.

    Result: Roman victory

    Date: 43–84 AD

    Hitler was shaking in his boots when the Brits were using what floats to escape f/ Dunkirk ... lol. Getting his war machine across the channel was his challenge. It started w/ air supremacy. That's what saved Britain ... and just barely. The Brits left their army war machine at Dunkirk.

    Why are you trying to compare the channel challenge 1900 yrs. apart?

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The Romans had to make several attempts, Julius Caesar failed twice, the successful invasion took place nearly 100 years later and took another 40 plus years to complete.

    And the German prowess was nothing compared to that of the Romans.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The early medievaL Brits didn't have the RAF, Ultra or radar, dumbass.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The British were just a bunch of savages before the Romans came. They were essentially living just like animals. Germany could not because they had some major defeats by the USSR as they were moving into the UK, and America also joined the war.

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