The topic of today's Highlights is inspired by the video of the band Rammstein, with which, in March 2019, the German stage veterans managed to rock the whole Internet:
Warspot will not be looking for the deep meanings and metaphors of the epic video — there are already too many people willing to do that. But we saw the opening scene of the video and remembered that the ancient battle between the Romans and the Germans had inspired the creative people of Germany more than once. We will tell you about one such case.
More than 2000 years ago, in 9 AD, the rebellious Germanic tribes led by the leader of the Cherusci tribe Arminius in the battle of the Teutoburg Forest inflicted a heavy defeat on the legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus, the governor of the Roman province of Germania. The Romans were taken by surprise on the march. Basically, it was a beating, not a fight.
In the reviving unified Germany of the 19th century, the battle of the Teutoburg Forest was of great importance. And Arminius himself, who Germans called Hermann, became one of the national symbols.
In 1929, yet another anniversary of the battle was celebrated in the Weimar Republic. For a country humiliated by defeat in the First World War and the conditions of the Versailles Peace, the significance of previous victories was difficult to overestimate. Among other things, a series of drawings was produced by the famous illustrator Arthur Thiele, whose work we have already talked about. These drawings have come down to us in the form of a series of illustrated postcards called «Battle with Varus» (Die Varusschlacht).