Roman Soldier vs Germanic Warrior
1st Century AD
Author: Lindsay Powell
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
This 80 page paperback book is number 6 in the Combat Series of books available from Osprey Publishing.
The reigns of Augustus and his successor Tiberius saw an epic struggle between the Romans and local peoples for the territory between the Rhine and Elbe rivers in what is now Germany. Following two decades of Roman occupation, Germania Magna erupted into revolt in AD 9. This followed the loss of the three legions commanded by Publius Quinctilius Varus to the Cheruscan nobleman Arminius and an alliance of Germanic nations in the dense forests of the Teutoburger Wald. The Romans’ initial panic subsided as it became clear that Arminius and his allies could not continue the war into Germania Inferior on the western bank of the Rhine, and Imperial troops poured into the region as the Romans decided how best to resolve the situation.
This book features full-color artwork, specially drawn maps and an array of revealing illustrations depicting weapons, equipment, key locations and personalities. This study offers key insights into the tactics, leadership, combat performance and subsequent reputations of the Roman soldiers and their Germanic opponents pitched into a series of pivotal actions on the Imperial frontier that would influence Roman/German relations for decades to come.
The Contents of this book are;
- The opposing sides
- Teutoburg Pass: Summer AD 9
- Idistaviso: Summer AD 16
- Angrivarian Wall: Summer AD 16
This is an excellent book for the wargamer because of its detailed look at these two combatants. The maps, uniforms, and battles discussed also add to the look into Roman and Germania relations. The color plates and photographs spread throughout the book add to the reader’s enjoyment of the material. This book is also excellent for the historian, modeler, and historian because it provides information on Uniforms, battles fought, and gives the modeler ideas for vignettes.
This book is available from Osprey Publications