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A well-written and excellently-illustrated volume,
This is a well-written and excellently-illustrated volume. The author is up-to-date with research on the subject, and is a good writer. The colour plates are excellent - at last Osprey are providing the number and quality of colour plates these volumes require in order to be taken seriously. Highly recommended.
The Contents are -
.Rome and the Germans
P16: Opposing Commanders
.Publius Quinctillius Varus (c.46BC-AD9); Arminius (c.18BC-c.AD21)
P18: Opposing Armies
. The Romans; The Germans; Orders of Battle
P27: The Opposing Plans
.Varus in Germania; Arminius
P32: The Campaign
.The march to the Weser; Summer manoeuvres; To divide and rule; The troops move out, 7 September; The anabasis, 8 September; Mudbound, 9 September; The Via Dolorosa, 10 September; The final march, 11 September; Gotterdammerung, 11 September
P86: The Aftermath
P92: The Battlefield Today
The Colour Plates -
P04: Map - The Roman Empire under Augustus, c.AD 9
P28: ½-page Map - The pacification of Germania Magna
P35: ½-page Map - The Rhine Frontier, AD 9
P38: ½-page Map - Varus' progress through Germany, AD 9
P46-47: 2-page Colour Plate - Betrayal: "here we see a unit of legionaries having encountered a patrol of Cheruscan cavalry whilst they themselves are engaged in repairing a ford across a stream".
We see five mounted figures intermixed with five foot figures, with more figures in the background, at the moment the cavalry turn on the Romans.
P55-56: 2-page Colour Plate -Death i the Forest: "Strung out along the forest paths, units have now devolved into small groups of men all of whom are simply pushing forwards in an attempt to reach the relative safetyof the next marching camp."
On the left of the plate we see seven German warriors, two already cut down by the Roman centurion facing them, who is trying to protect the wounded comrades behind him, while in the background is a milling crowd of Romans and Germans.
P58-59: ¾-view Plan - An Army at Bay - afternoon, 10 September to morning 11 September
P62-63: ¾-view Plan - A Desperate Situation - morning 11 September
P74-75: 2-page Colour Plate - Gotterdammerung: "In this scene, one of the centuries, having approached the rampart in testudo, has now expanded its formation to allow the legionaries to bombard the enemy with missiles."
I count eleven legionaries, plus another nine under the testudo, attacking a wattle fence defended by a horde of Germans.
P78-79: ¾-view Plan - Death in the Forest - afternoon 11 September
P86: ½-page Map - the Roman response, AD 9
P87: ½-page Map - the Roman response, AD 14-16
There are numerous colour and monochrome photographs and illustrations supporting the text.