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Posted by OminousSpudd on Aug 3rd, 2012

Attila the Hun, or The Scourge of God, was one of the most relentless warlords the world has ever seen, he ripped through the Western Roman Empire like butter, uprooted the Goths from Germania, and even spent a bit of time taking on the Sassinids in the east. A brilliant tactician matched just as much by brutality.
However there is a twist to this seemingly predictable story; how he came to be defeated.
After bashing a lot of Roman skulls he made his way to the very center of the known world. Rome.
With this great city within his reach seemingly nothing was going to stop him. However an unlikely hero stopped the impending destruction; Pope Leo I. To this day no one knows what was exchanged between the Warlord and this man of God, but whatever was said, it changed the course of history. Attila, turned around, and left the Western Roman Empire on its knees.

Much conjecture floats around about this most mysterious happening, many say that there was a famine sweeping through the land at the time, and as much as Attila was about conquering he was also about maintaining, and he was spread to his maximum capacity by the time he had reached the gates of Rome.
Before arriving at Rome he had also suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Roman Army in modern day France.
Some of that old fighting spirit was still alive in the Roman Eagle, something Attila underestimated.

But there is no definite known reason for Attila's departure, his death came soon after, falling victim to his heavy drinking.
And with Attila's death The Hunnic Empire fell apart and faded into the history books as quickly as it had been created.

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Aug 8 2012, 8:32am says:


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OminousSpudd Aug 8 2012, 4:59pm replied:

I know, I've always thought the same thing. Thought I'd write a post on it for any other military historians interested.

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