Peter Connolly's the Roman Fort is a very short introduction aimed at children, young adults and the interested layperson. The book is only 32 pages long, but the author does manage to fit in a lot of facts and excellent illustrations.
The book tells the story of how the Tungrians and Batavians, two German Auxiliary cohorts under Roman supervision, came to Britain to help in the construction of Hadrian's Wall. Along the way we learn about the construction of the forts on the wall, the soldier's barracks, the commanding officer's house, the headquarters, daily life and work at the fort, toilets and sewer systems, the surrounding village (Vicus), the bathouses, and the end of life at the forts in the late fourth century.
Each page is decorated with Connolly's first rate reconstruction pictures, which display the buildings and the people, as they would have looked like in Roman times.
This book is a short, readable and accessible title that would act as a good guide for children who are studying the topic at school. That said, the book is also of use to any interested layperson who'd like to come to grips with military life in Roman Britain. Recommended!