TIL During Julius Caesar’s siege of a Gallic fort, the Romans dug tunnels under the spring that served as the fort’s water supply. The defenders, believing that the spring drying up was a sign from the gods, surrendered. Caesar spared their lives, but had their hands cut off.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallic_Wars#51_and_50_BC:_Pacification_of_the_last_Gauls

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  1. I’m sure they all lead successful and fruitful lives without… hands. yeesh Julius, would have been kinder to kill them. But I guess that does send a message, which was rather the point.

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