There is a certian lack of information to be had on the Protohistoric Spanish. Usually they are only ever mentioned in English language texts in passing, either as allies or enemies of the Carthaginians or Romans. It's therefore satisfying to get hold of a book that describes the warriors of this period.
The earliest sections give you a look at the chronological timeline of events, before explaining the campaigns of Viriatus and the Numantine Wars. These help set the scene.
The book then describes the social organisation of the Iberians, their style of warfare, their weapons, armour and equipment. The author also has sections that cover the famous 'falcata' swords, Balearic slingers and Hispanic cavalry.
Angus Mcbride provides some of his best illustrations in the 8 pages of colour plates that are contained in the book. These portray the Iberians at their religious ceremonies, in battle against the Romans, setting ambushes and assaulting fortresses. As usual with McBride, the paintings are detailed, evocative and expressive. Dozens of black and white photographs, basic maps and line drawings help give you a better understanding of the period.
It's not every day you come across such a well written, beautifully illustrated and intelligently edited book on Ancient Iberian warfare. This book will be essential for anyone who has an interest in the Punic Wars. Interested amateurs, wargamers, reenactors and history buffs will also find this book a must have. Highly Recommended!