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Ancient Roman Army Tortoise Formation
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The tortoise formation, the ancient forerunner of the modern tank.  Posed by English guardsmen acting the part of Roman soldiers.  When fortifications were attacked, the heavy-armed soldiers held their shields arranged in a formation known as the testudo, or tortoise, for protection from hostile weapons.
 
 
 
 
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