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Teutoburg Forest AD 9!,
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This review is from: Teutoburg Forest AD 9: The Destruction of Varus and His Legions (Campaign) (Paperback)
If you have any interest in Roman military history and would like to know about an incident that surpasses anything portrayed in modern day stories or horror films then I would highly recommend this book. The only reason I haven't given it five stars is because its short, just less than a hundred pages.
The book based on finds and what historians say about the incident concerns the complete destruction of three Roman legions estimated by some to be over twenty five thousand men, including baggage carts etc by Germainc tribes in the Forest of Teutoburg.
General Varus led his army into what he believed was relatively friendly terrority with the aid of Arminius a Germanic Prince who had been incarcerated in Rome from an early age and brought up on their traditions, education and even served in the legions.
Arminius however, obviously haboured a deep hatred for Rome and led Varus into a trap in the forest. The book tells the story of how the army was trapped in an isolated area and initially attacked by skirmishers and forced to stop and fortify their positions.
Varus realising that being cut off and isolated, he and his men couldn't survive, tried to march his army out of the forest but was slowly but surely cut and worn down. What followed was the complete destruction of three legions and their attempts to survive, that failed.
An excellent but small book on the story which is beautifully illustrated with artist impressions, photographs of the parties involved and finds from the site, highly recommended!