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An interesting discussion going on at AskReddit about the comparisons....



Let's say we go back in time with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), since the numbers of members and equipment is listed for our convenience in
, could we destroy all 30 of Augustus' legions?

We'd be up against nearly 330,000 men since each legion was comprised of 11,000 men. These men are typically equipped with limb and torso armor made of metal, and for weaponry they carry swords, spears, bows and other stabbing implements. We'd also encounter siege weapons like catapults and crude incendiary weapons.

We'd be made up of about 2000 members, of which about half would be participating in ground attack operations. We can use our
four Abrams M1A1 tanks, our artillery and
mechanized vehicles (60 Humvees, 16 armored vehicles, etc), but we cannot use our attack air support, only our transport aircraft.

We also have medics with us, modern medical equipment and drugs, and engineers, but we no longer have a magical time-traveling supply line (we did have but the timelords frowned upon it, sadly!) that provides us with all the ammunition, equipment and sustenance we need to survive. We'll have to succeed with the stuff we brought with us.

So, will we be victorious?

I really hope so because I really dislike Octavian and his horrible family. Getting Atia will be a bonus.


I think running out of ammo would be the most significant problem.  How would the MEU fight a Legion on it's own terms?  What about diseases from that era and diseases we bring forward?  Food?  We'd have to take on the Legion's own methodology of growing and raising our own food supply.  I think militarilary it's a huge win for the MEU in the initial fight, but logistically, they'd be in for a helluva time once the ammo is gone.


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Actually, now that I think about it, I'd be more worried about the MEU once the coffee runs out...


 


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Talk about making every round count, if no artillery or abrams but they did have the tracked transport u could at least run allot of them over. other then that once the gas and ammo run out i think the last 50000 or so Romans would finish them off. but it would be a hell of a battle.

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There is something to be said for the intimidation factor as well. The Marines can Roman plink all night long and scare the pants off of the Romans in the process. At the very least that should discourage organized mass attacks by said Romans.

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In all honesty I think the best thing to do would be to try to hole up on an island somewhere and use today's knowledge to get a manufacturing base going making simple firearms and canons to replace the ones you have that would eventually run dry. Also alot of people of the time didn't like the romans much so a few treaties with whatever powers the romans would be fighting next would probably help. In a stand up cage match the numbers would eventually catch up so thinking outside the box would be the marines best ally.

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