- Oct 2011
- Italy, Lago Maggiore
I've read around [Roman history is not my main field of interest, so I need to research a bit about details] and as for I have understood the "tormenta" [this is how ancient Romans called their field artillery] was overall used to cause disorder among the enemy lines to allow the advance of the heavy infantry. Josephus and Tacitus talk about ballista in battle [Josephus says 60 per legion] and in particular Tacitus [Historia 3,23] reports that the Legio XV had a big ballista to launch stones on the enemy infantry. It seems that these missiles were efficient in creating disorder in the opposite ranks. This makes sense: generally the first purpose of Roman tactics was to make the enemy lose the order of their formations. Obviously enough, it's more easy to attack a disordered infantry formation than an ordered one.I am familiar with it, but it does not offer the answers I am seeking: specifically, the tactical usage of Roman legion's artillery, especially in a field battle.