About | Volunteer | Support
History Project Facebook
History Project Youtube
History Project on Instagram
sponsors
sponsors

On This Day… He Came, He Saw… He Fled!

Written by: Peter Fishlock : 26 Aug 2019

It was on this day, 26th August, back in 55 BC when Julius Caesar and the Romans invaded Britain for the first time, crossing the English Channel with eighty ships carrying two legions, the Seventh and the Tenth which were made up of around twelve thousand men. Crossing the English Channel in those days was a journey into a land of mystery. It is true that cross-channel trading had been going on for centuries, but it was only merchants who went to Britannia.

So why did Caesar land on Britannia’s shores? In truth it’s unlikely that he was intending to conquer Britannia, it’s more likely that he was carrying out a reconnaissance mission to evaluate Britannia’s strength. Crossing the channel would have certainly increased his prestige back in Rome and would have postponed a recall. We can only speculate about his true intentions, but we do know that he underestimated two things, Britannia’s Celtic tribes and the weather.

As Caesar and his legions approached the shores of Britannia they observed cliffs that were bristling with menacing British warriors, horsemen and war chariots. Eventually when they attempted to land on the shoreline they faced difficulty as they were not used to shingle beaches and many Roman soldiers who were weighed down in heavy armour struggled through the waves to the beach. Meanwhile the Britons threw javelins at them. After several days of battle, repairing damaged ships and incessant rain Julius Caesar had had enough and he climbed back onto his ships with his men and returned to Gaul. The following year he returned to Britannia, and was more successful, but it was almost another hundred years before the Romans actually conquered Britain in AD 43.

Search

By Era

To 5000 BCE 5000 - 2000 BCE 2000 BCE - 0 0 - 400 CE 400 - 800 CE 800 - 1100 CE 1100 - 1500 CE 1500 - 1700 CE 18th Century 19th Century 1900's 1910's 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's

By Topic

Royal British Roman North American Egyptian Nautical European Social WW1 Military Viking Asian African Australian South American Political Celebrity WW2 Religion

We promote history by...

offering free articles and videos, providing free history experiences for children in schools and on weekends. Next year we will be visiting hospitals and providing unforgettable experiences to children who really need it and give them a chance to forget their condition, their treatment and their reality. Please join others who support our free projects by giving a small donation. We can only continue our great work with your help.

appealimage

Support The History Project


Coming to Deal, Receive a Warm welcome and some of the best organic coffee in town, also great Gluten free and Vegan options hereDeal Cars has many years experience in the taxi industry, we provide a professional and reliable service to clients throughout Deal and the surrounding area. We cover all types of journeys from shopping runs to airport transfers, providing professional, courteous and qualified drivers.Specialist brokers whoComing to Deal, Receive a Warm welcome and some of the best organic coffee in town, also great Gluten free and Vegan options hereLocal Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946ACAS The Decorating Company - 07759075930Top quality plumbing, and heating services at a very competitive price click here to find out more.Specialist brokers whoGo back in time and explore DealSupport the History Project - Your face hereLocal Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Old fashioned style Tool and DIY merchant with old fashioned priced with modern-day standards. Pick up your tools and consumables and have money to spare for a pastyAspen Waite helps ambitious companies achieve their goals with quality advice and support, whatever the challenge.Local Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Transportation, storage and removal serviceHave a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  The History ProjectFabulous out there clothing for people who like a lively and warm vibe, Funky Granny and Groovy Grandpa sections are well worth a browseWaterfront Hotel - A Beautiful hotel and restaurant with views overlooking Deal`s historic `Downs Anchorage` and award  - winning Pier. 9 Beach Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6HYSupport the History Project - Your face hereACAS The Decorating Company - 07759075930Sea Cafe Coffee Shop Walmer Green, StrandWe are a family owned and operated Removal and International Overseas Shipping company based in DealLocal Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Have a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  Heritage WindCleaning and Support Services, Kents premier eco-friendly, green office cleaning and Facilities Management company3823421112301315541039456353268404843117364956272920