Vercingetorix vs Caesar, seriously?
This is accually a good one I think. The fight was much closer than most people think and Vercingetorix was just a gaul version of Caesar.
Caesar played it smart. He first got the tribes in lower and centre gaul to trust him. Then when they asked him to help them he moved with his armies in their territories, only to stay there.
Before Vercingetorix came the gauls had not a single chance. Why not? Because all tribes fought more or less alone. Vercingetorix was the first one to manage to get a lot of tribes to work together. Eventually most of the fighting tribes joined Vercingetorix.
What makes the fight so intersting though is the cat and mouse game of Caesar and Vercingetorix. Caesar is known for his fast actions and surpising and tactical army movement. Vercingetorix manage to predict him quite well though. They were continuesly trying to find the weak spot of eachother while trying to protect theirs. This made that they had to move and take risks, both sides had to. Vercingetorix used something that was only used once before, the tactic of Scorched earth. The plan was to lure Caesar further and further into Gaul, while tearing on his supplies. When the situation was getting more critical in Caesars army they would surround them and attack. It didn`t work though, because of multiple reasons (For example the battle of Avaricum). The battle of Alesia was a close one for Caesar, being attacked from two sides. With the romans outnumbered 4 to 1. Caesar managed to win. Is he the supperior leader because of that though? Vercingetorix managed to get him into that situation and was very very close to victory. We now see Caesar as a hero and undefeatable general, but what if Vercingetorix had accually won that day? Would we even have heard of Caesar? The battle for Gaul only turned into Rome`s favour after the victory in Alesia. Without the victory it would just have looked like the Romans got completely overrun.
Vercingetorix has done very well, he was able to get all gaul tribes to fight as one (which was pretty difficult), he almost beat Caesar and he was simply good at war tactics. He was very close to Caesar when it comes to being a great general.
Edited 6/28/2014 14:32:35