13 Dec 2018

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They used tactics invented by the Greeks, in which shields and spears formed a formidable barrier. As the enemy struggled to break through, the Romans would strike low with their spears, jabbing at legs, stomachs and groins, and then stabbed from up high, at necks and faces. Warfare two and a half thousand years ago was brutally up close.

In the paragraph above, what the the last sentence mean? 'Warfare ..... was brutally up close.'
Can I understand this like The warfare seems so vividly brutal as if it is happening just in front of me?

Your help would be appreciated.
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