But now Caesar had more troops, and he was able to surround Alesi double line of fortifications: one internal, were directed against the city, and the other, external, - against possible attempts to free the besieged Gauls. The garrison of Alesia was over 80 thousand. Man. Together with the civilian population it was so many people that it was impossible to feed. Therefore, for the lifting of the siege of Vercingetorix it was a matter of life or death. He appealed to the leaders of the Gauls with a call to rush to the release of Alesia. From all over the country gathered huge militia, more than 200 thousand. Man. The besieged made a sortie, while Caesar's position was attacked from the outside. At one point, the Gauls failed to break through the Roman line, but Labienus, Caesar sent here with reserves liquidated breakthrough. The assault was repulsed, then Gallic militia collapsed and famine forced Vercingetorix to surrender to Caesar's mercy. Six years later, he was walking in front of Caesar's triumphal chariot, and then was executed.
World Eras: Medieval Europe (814-1350)
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