Osprey Publications Combat 65 British Celtic Warrior vs Roman Soldier Britannia AD 43–105

British Celtic Warrior vs Roman Soldier
Britannia AD 43–105


Combat 65

Author: William Horsted
Illustrator: Adam Hook

This 80-page book is the 65th book in the Combat series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

This is an illustrated study of the British tribal warriors and Roman auxiliaries who fought in three epic battles for control of Britain in the 1st century AD.

Roman Military Dagger Found At
Hod Hill A Hillfort In Southern Britain

Following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43, the tribes of the west and north resisted the establishment of a ‘Roman peace’, led in particular by the chieftain Caratacus. Even in the south-east, resentment of Roman occupation remained, exploding into the revolt of Boudicca’s Iceni in AD 60. Roman auxiliaries from two particular peoples are known to have taken part in the invasion of Britain: the Tungrians, from what is now Belgium, and the Batavians, from the delta of the River Rhine in the modern Netherlands. From the late 80s AD, units of both the Batavians and the Tungrians were garrisoned at a fort at Vindolanda in northern Britain. The so called ‘Vindolanda tablets’ provide an unparalleled body of material with which to reconstruct the lives of these auxiliary soldiers in Britain.

Plaque Of A Diploma from AD 88 Granting Citizenship


  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
    • Recruitment and Training
    • Organization and Leadership
    • Religion and Beliefs
  • Caratacus’ last stand AD 50
  • The invasion of Mona AD 60
  • Mons Graupius AD 83
  • Analysis
    • Use of Terrain
    • Pitched Battle vs Guerrilla Warfare
    • Equipment and Fighting Style
  • Aftermath
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Aerial View Of The Excavated Roman Fort At Vindolanda In Northumberland

Featuring full-color maps and specially commissioned battlescene and figure artwork plates, this book examines how both the British warriors and the Roman auxiliaries experienced the decades of conflict that followed the invasion. Their recruitment, training, leadership, motivation, culture and beliefs are compared alongside an assessment of three particular battles: the final defeat of Caratacus in the hills of Wales in AD 50; the Roman assault on the island of Mona (Anglesey) in AD 60; and the battle of Mons Graupius in Scotland in AD 83.

Invasion Of Mona AD 60


This is book is number 65 in the Combat Series of books that are available from Osprey Publications that take a look at respective soldiers from different armies. This colorful paperback book compares the British Celtic Warrior to the Roman Soldier in Britannia from AD 43 to AD 105.  Combat #65 is of interest to the Historian, the Figure Painter, the Wargamer and the Modeler.


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