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Ancient Armies
Newark, Tim
ISBN: 9623616465
Concord Publications  1999 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6005, 47 pages, 20 colour artworks by Angus McBride. This book is essentially a military review of the Ancient Armies. Each of the forces featured is illustrated by a page of text, and a magnificient colour artwork by renowned artist Angus Mcbride. Covers: Sumerians 2500BC, Egyptian Horemhab fighting Nubians 14thC. BC, Hittites 14thC. BC, Syrian 14thC. BC, Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II at Qadesh 130BC, Tiglath-Pileser III King of Assyria 8thC. BC, Hoplites 7thC. BC, Nabopolassar King of Babylon 612BC, Cyrus King of the Persians 539BC, Battle of Salamis 480BC, Etruscans 5thC. BC, Alexander the Great at Tyre 332BC, Alexander the Great at Hydaspes 326BC, Carthaginian and Celt 218BC, Carthaginian African Cavalry at Trebia 218BC, Cartaginian War Elephant 218BC, Carthaginians at Zama 202BC, Seleucid War Elephant 190BC, Romans and Gauls 52BC, Celtic British Chariots 1stC. BC.   As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007475  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Ancient Armies
Newark, Tim
ISBN: 9623616465
Concord Publications  1999 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6005, 47 pages, 20 colour artworks by Angus McBride. This book is essentially a military review of the Ancient Armies. Each of the forces featured is illustrated by a page of text, and a magnificient colour artwork by renowned artist Angus Mcbride. Covers: Sumerians 2500BC, Egyptian Horemhab fighting Nubians 14thC. BC, Hittites 14thC. BC, Syrian 14thC. BC, Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II at Qadesh 130BC, Tiglath-Pileser III King of Assyria 8thC. BC, Hoplites 7thC. BC, Nabopolassar King of Babylon 612BC, Cyrus King of the Persians 539BC, Battle of Salamis 480BC, Etruscans 5thC. BC, Alexander the Great at Tyre 332BC, Alexander the Great at Hydaspes 326BC, Carthaginian and Celt 218BC, Carthaginian African Cavalry at Trebia 218BC, Cartaginian War Elephant 218BC, Carthaginians at Zama 202BC, Seleucid War Elephant 190BC, Romans and Gauls 52BC, Celtic British Chariots 1stC. BC.   As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007476  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Ancient Armies of the Middle East
Wise, Terence
ISBN: 9780850453843
Osprey Pub Co  1981 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA109. This text by Terence Wise explores some of the fascinating peoples who comprised the ancient armies of the Middle East: the Sumerians, who were the first to introduce the use of bronze into warfare, and were centuries ahead of the Egyptians in the use of the wheel - The Akkadians, whose citizen army was composed almost entirely of light troops - The Babylonians, whose people were granted land in return for army service - the horned warriors of the Elamites - the Egyptians, with thier heavy spearmen and archers - the tribal and warlike Libyans - Nubians and Ethiopians - Hyksos - the armies of the Hittite Empire - the Sea People and others. Contents: Introduction - Chronology - The Peoples - The Plates.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002634  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Ancient Chinese Armies 1500-200 BC
Peers, C.J.
ISBN: 0850459427
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1990 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA218. By the 15th century BC the valley of Hwang Ho was dominated by a palace-based military caste which owed its supremacy to a monopoly of bronze-working techniques among a still mainly Stone Age population. To the Shang Dynasty, war was a means of legitimising the power of their new aristocracy. This fascinating volume by C. J. Peers covers the period of China's history from the first documented civilisation to the establishment of an enduring unified empire, examining the history, organisation, uniform and weapons of ancient Chinese armies. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, The Shang Dynasty, The Western Chou, The Eastern Chou, The 4th and 3rd Centuries, The Ch'in Empire, Tactical & Strategic Doctrine, Ten Decisive Battles, The Plates.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001793  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 BC
Wise, Terence
ISBN: 9780850454307
Osprey Publishing, Limited Botley, Oxford, United Kingdom 1982 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA121. 42 photos and illustrations, 8 pages of colour illustrations. The epic conflict between Rome and Carthage remains one of the most compelling stories of military history. The wars included such legendary events as the crossing of the Alps by Hannibal, and the Battle of Cannae. Terence Wise's fine text details the armies of both sides of the wars, including the many different allied troops employed by the Carthaginians; Numidians, Celts, Spanish and others who helped make the army one of the most colourful and cosmopolitan of its day. The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and photographs, including eight full page colour plates by Richard Hook. Campaign 36 and Men-at-Arms 121 are also available in a single volume special edition as ‘Hannibal’s War with Rome’.   As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006231  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Barbarians
Newark, Tim
ISBN: 9623616341
Concord Publications  1998 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6004. 47 pages, 20 colour artworks by Angus McBride. This book is essentially a military review of the Barbarian invasions from the 5th century BC to the 10th century AD in Europe. Each of the people featured is illustrated by a page of text, and a magnificient colour artwork by renowned artist Angus Mcbride. Covers: Celtic 4thC. BC, Scythian Raiders in Thrace 5thC. BC, Celtic Raiders in Italy 375BC, Celtiberian 2ndC. BC, Celt & German 100BC, Romans northern england 1stC. AD, Alamanni 3rdC. AD, Burgundians 4thC. AD, Francs 4thC. AD, Goths and Sarmatian 4thC. AD, Attila 5thC. AD, Visigoths 451AD, Vandal and Alan 5thC. AD, Saxon 6thC. AD, Avar & Bulgar 8thC. AD, Lombard 8thC. AD, Viking 9thC. AD, Viking 10thC. AD, Magyars 10thC. AD,   As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003496  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Barbarians
Newark, Tim
ISBN: 9623616341
Concord Publications  1998 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6004. 47 pages, 20 colour artworks by Angus McBride. This book is essentially a military review of the Barbarian invasions from the 5th century BC to the 10th century AD in Europe. Each of the people featured is illustrated by a page of text, and a magnificient colour artwork by renowned artist Angus Mcbride. Covers: Celtic 4thC. BC, Scythian Raiders in Thrace 5thC. BC, Celtic Raiders in Italy 375BC, Celtiberian 2ndC. BC, Celt & German 100BC, Romans northern england 1stC. AD, Alamanni 3rdC. AD, Burgundians 4thC. AD, Francs 4thC. AD, Goths and Sarmatian 4thC. AD, Attila 5thC. AD, Visigoths 451AD, Vandal and Alan 5thC. AD, Saxon 6thC. AD, Avar & Bulgar 8thC. AD, Lombard 8thC. AD, Viking 9thC. AD, Viking 10thC. AD, Magyars 10thC. AD,   As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007948  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Bronze Age Greek Warrior 1600-1100 BC
D'Amato, Raffaele; Salimbeti, Andrea
ISBN: 9781849081955
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR153. More than a century has passed past since German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the treasures of Bronze Age Mycenae. The richly decorated artifacts of the entombed warriors, whose bodies still lay in their graves, confirmed that Homer's epic The Iliad was based upon true events, and that the Achaeans described in his poems probably did exist. Through a combined study of the mythical tradition, archeological findings, and written sources, this fascinating addition to the Warrior series explores the evolution of warfare in the Bronze Age Greek world. Covering weaponry, clothing, helmets, and body armor, it provides a richly illustrated guide to the warriors who have shone from the pages of Homer's poem for almost three millennia.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005368  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Celtic Warrior 300BC-100AD
Allen, Stephen
ISBN: 1841761435
Osprey Publishing, Limited Oxford, United Kingdom 2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR030. In the 1st century BC, Strabo wrote of the Celts: ‘The whole race... is madly fond of war, high-spirited and quick to battle... and on whatever pretext you stir them up, you will have them ready to face danger, even if they have nothing on their side but their own strength and courage’. This book gives an insight into the life of the Celtic warrior, and his experience of battle, on foot, on horseback, and as a charioteer. It also details Celtic society and studies the vital ritual nature of Celtic warfare, from the naked gaesatae to the woad-painted warriors. Covers: Chronology, The warrior in Celtic society, Appearance and equipment, The field of battle, Aftermath, Places to visit.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001296  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Early Aegean Warrior 5000-1450 BC
D'Amato, Raffaele
ISBN: 9781780968582
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR167. The mainland and islands of Greece were extensively settled by peoples moving from Asia Minor in c.5000 BC, while a further wave in c.5000 BC introduced bronze-working to the region. It is form this point on that it is possible to discern a distinct Cycladic or Aegean civilisation, developing at roughly the same time as the Egyptian and Persian civilisations. Further to the south, the Minoan civilisation based on Crete held sway, and this power - along with the Helladic Achaeans to the north gradually swamped the Cycladic civilisation in between. In common with most Bronze Age societies, the culture of the Aegean world was dominated by warfare, with the inhabitants living in organized settlements and small citadels with fortification walls and bulwarks, towers and gates to provide protection against invaders from the sea or internecine conflicts. Using the latest archaeological evidence, this title recreates the world of these peoples through a detailed examination of their material culture.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007031  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Early Roman Armies
Sekunda, Nicholas
ISBN: 9781855325135
Osprey Pub Co  1995 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA283. The early Romans were only one of a number of peoples that inhabited Iron Age central Italy. From the 8th to the 3rd century BC, the Romans undertook territorial expansion, and conflict with neighbouring tribes and cultures resulted in open war, most notably with the Samnites. Alliances were created too - but the rise of Rome was unstoppable. This title covers the equipment, weaponry and dress of the early Romans, from the traditional foundation in 753 BC to the third century BC, where the dominance of Rome was beyond challenge. It also deals with developments in warfare, covering the early cavalry, the pre-hoplite army, the hoplite army and the manipular army. Etruscan, Latin, and Samnite warfare are also discussed.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005247  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Early Roman Warrior 753-321 BC
Fields, Nic
ISBN: 9781849084994
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR156. The prototypical 'Roman Legionnaire' often seen on television and in movies is actually the product of nearly a millennium of military development. Far back in the Bronze Age, before the city of Rome existed, a loose collection of independent hamlets eventually formed into a village. From this base, the earliest Roman warriors launched cattle raids and ambushes against their enemies. At some point during this time, the Romans began a period of expansion, conquering land and absorbing peoples. Soon, they had adopted classical Greek fighting methods with militia forming in phalanxes. This book covers the evolution of the earliest Roman warriors and their development into an army that would eventually conquer the known world.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005352  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Germanic Warrior: 236-568 Ad
MacDowall, Simon
ISBN: 1855325861
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR017. The 3rd to the 6th centuries saw the collapse of the classical Mediterranean civilization and the emergence of new states in western Europe based on the Germanic warrior society. This book focuses particularly on the men who made up the retinues of the Germanic warlords who carved kingdoms out of the carcass of the West Roman Empire. Although sources are scarce, Simon MacDowall constructs a convincing picture, using evidence from Roman historians, German archaeology and Anglo-Saxon poetry. The warriors' society, hierarchy, training, equipment, appearance, tactics and style of fighting are all examined, building a comprehensive portrait of the Germanic warrior in this period.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001105  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Germanic Warrior: 236-568 Ad
MacDowall, Simon
ISBN: 1855325861
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR017. The 3rd to the 6th centuries saw the collapse of the classical Mediterranean civilization and the emergence of new states in western Europe based on the Germanic warrior society. This book focuses particularly on the men who made up the retinues of the Germanic warlords who carved kingdoms out of the carcass of the West Roman Empire. Although sources are scarce, Simon MacDowall constructs a convincing picture, using evidence from Roman historians, German archaeology and Anglo-Saxon poetry. The warriors' society, hierarchy, training, equipment, appearance, tactics and style of fighting are all examined, building a comprehensive portrait of the Germanic warrior in this period.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001229  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Greek Hoplite 480-323 BC
Sekunda, Nicholas
ISBN: 9781855328679
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2000 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR027. The Greek hoplite, the archetypal spear-armed warrior, is perhaps the most prevalent figure in our view of the 'Golden Age' of Ancient Greek civilisation. It was during this period that the state began to take greater responsibility for military organisation, and the arming and equipping of its citizens. From the victory at Marathon over Darius of Persia, through bitter inter-state warfare, to the rise of Philip of Macedonia and his son Alexander the Great, the hoplite soldier was in the front-line. This title narrates the life and experiences of the common Greek warrior, how he was recruited, trained and fought, and also looks in detail at how his weapons, armour, shields and helmets developed in the course of time.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005933  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Imperial Roman Legionary AD161-284
Cowan, Ross
ISBN: 1841766011
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR072. Between AD 161 and 244 the Roman legions were involved in wars and battles on a scale not seen since the late Republic. Legions were destroyed in battle, disbanded for mutiny and rebellion and formed to wage wars of conquest and defence. This volume explores the experience of the imperial legionary, concentrating on Legio II Parthica. Raised by the emperor Septimus Severus in AD 193/4, it was based at Albanum near Rome and as the emperor's personal legion, became one of the most important units in the empire. Covers: Chronology, Enlistment, Training, Appearance and equipment, Everyday life, Experience of battle, Museums, Collecting, Re-enactment.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004820  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Imperial Roman Legionary AD161-284
Cowan, Ross
ISBN: 1841766011
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR072. Between AD 161 and 244 the Roman legions were involved in wars and battles on a scale not seen since the late Republic. Legions were destroyed in battle, disbanded for mutiny and rebellion and formed to wage wars of conquest and defence. This volume explores the experience of the imperial legionary, concentrating on Legio II Parthica. Raised by the emperor Septimus Severus in AD 193/4, it was based at Albanum near Rome and as the emperor's personal legion, became one of the most important units in the empire. Covers: Chronology, Enlistment, Training, Appearance and equipment, Everyday life, Experience of battle, Museums, Collecting, Re-enactment.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004815  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Late Roman Infantryman 236-565 AD
MacDowall, Simon
ISBN: 1855324199
Osprey Publishing, Limited Botley, Oxford, United Kingdom 1994 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR009. Between the 3rd and 6th centuries AD the traditional legions of heavy infantry were whittled away and eventually replaced by a force of various arms and nationalities dominated by cavalry and supported by missile troops. However, in spite of this trend towards cavalry, the pedes remained the backbone of the Roman army until well into the 5th century. This book details a warrior who was very different from the legionary who preceded him; perhaps he was not as well disciplined, but in many ways he was more flexible, ready for deployment to trouble spots, and for fighting both as a skirmisher and a heavy infantryman. Historical Background, Chronology, Recruiting, Training, Appearance and Equipment, Conditions of Service, The Soldier on Campaign, The Experience of Battle.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004570  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macedonian Warrior: Alexander's Elite Infantryman
Heckel, Waldemar
ISBN: 9781841769509
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR103. During the reigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great, the Macedonian Army (the phalangites) were reformed and drilled into an invincible fighting force with unique tactics and weaponry. The Macedonian warrior during his service would march over 20,000 miles in the most diverse climates and terrains, fighting in four of the epoch battles of the time. This book examines their initial training, rise to an elite unit under Alexander the Great, and eventual defeat at the battle of Pydna, 168 BC. The daily life, weaponry, experience, and motivations of these men are detailed, using primary sources and anecdotal material.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007620  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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New Kingdom Egypt
Healy, Mark
ISBN: 9781855322080
Osprey Pub Co  1992 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, ELU040. Builders of the Pyramids and most ancient of all the powers of the biblical world, the Egyptians remain one of history's most fascinating and enigmatic peoples. During the New Kingdom era, Egypt reached the peak of its power, wealth, and territory. Through the intensive military campaigns of Pharaoh Thutmose III (1490-1436BC), Palestine, Syria, and the northern Euphrates area in Mesopotamia were all brought within the New Kingdom. Mark Healy outlines the history, organisation and dress of the New Kingdom Egyptians in this volume packed with accompanying illustrations and photographs, including 12 full page colour plates by the ever popular Angus McBride.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005252  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Republican Roman Army 200-104 BC
Sekunda, Nicholas
ISBN: 9781855325982
Osprey Pub Co  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA291. The principal source of information on the Roman Republican Army is the sixth book of the Histories of the Greek historian Polybius, written a little before 150BC. This engaging text by Nicholas Sekunda draws heavily on this vital source to outline the equipment and organisation of the Roman Republican Army from 200-104 BC - a time when Rome was growing from a regional to a world power. With plenty of photographs and illustrations, including eight vivid full page colour plates by Angus McBride, this fascinating volume examines such topics as the Roman shield, helmets, the cuirass, greaves, the pilum, legion organisation, the principales and the tactics they employed. Contents: Introduction - Infantry Equipment - Organization of the Legions - Tactics - Other Arms - The Roman Legion in Battle - Bibliography - The Plates.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006408  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Roman Auxiliary Cavalryman AD 14-193
Fields, Nic
ISBN: 1841769738
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR101. Drawn from a wide range of warlike peoples throughout the provinces, especially on the fringes of the empire, auxiliaries were generally not citizens of the Roman empire. The cavalry of the auxilia provided a powerful fighting arm; organized, disciplined and well trained, it was adept at performing both skirmish and shock action. This book details the many roles of the Roman auxiliary cavalryman, including reconnaissance, communication and policing duties, as well as in battle. Motivation for enlisting, conditions of service and experience of battle are all explored, and colour illustrations support the text.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001331  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Roman Centurions 753-31 BC: The Kingdom and the Age of Consuls
D'Amato, Raffaele
ISBN: 9781849085410
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA470. A perennially popular topic the ancient world continues to yield incredibly rich archaeological finds. Based on years of detailed research, Dr Raffaele D'Amato now presents a new history on the dress and equipment of Roman Centurions from the Roman kingdom to the height of the Republic. In addition, thanks to his detailed research amongst Roman gravestones, the book also includes several reconstructions of actual named individuals and two lavish scenes showing combat between two Centurions and a Triumphal procession.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005577  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Roman Legionary 58BC - AD69
Cowan, Ross
ISBN: 1841766003
Osprey Publishing, Limited Botley, Oxford, United Kingdom 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR071. The period 31BC - AD43 saw the greatest expansion of the Roman Empire. In 31BC Octavian defeated Antony at the battle of Actium and remodelled the semi-professional Roman army into a permanent force of 28 legions. Octavian became the first emperor (Augustus) and under his leadership the legions conquered northern Spain, all Europe south of the Danube line and Germany west of the Elbe. The legionaries exemplified the heroic culture of the Roman world and this title takes a behind-the-scenes look at their lives, training, weaponry and tactics, including the bloody massacre of the Teutoberg forest.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004569  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Roman Legionary AD69 - 161
Cowan, Ross
ISBN: 9781780965871
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR166. Between AD 69 and 161 the composition of the Roman legions was transformed. Italians were almost entirely replaced by provincial recruits, men for whom Latin was at best a second language, and yet the ‘Roman-ness’ of these Germans, Pannonians, Spaniards, Africans and Syrians, fostered in isolated fortresses on the frontiers, was incredibly strong. They were highly competitive, jealous of their honour, and driven by the need to maintain and enhance their reputations for virtus, that is manly courage and excellence. The warfare of the period, from the huge legion versus legion confrontations in the Civil War of AD 69, through the campaigns of conquest in Germany, Dacia and Britain, to the defence of the frontiers of Africa and Cappadocia and the savage quelling of internal revolts, gave ample opportunity for virtus-enhancing activity. The classic battle formation that had baffled Pyrrhus and conquered Hannibal was revived. Heroic centurions continued to lead from the front, and common legionaries vied with them in displays of valour. The legions of the era may have been provincial but they were definitely Roman in organisation and ethos. Contents: Introduction; Recruitment and terms of service; Training; The tactical organization of the Legion; Equipment and appearance; On campaign; Battle.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007088  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Roman Military Clothing (1): 100BC - AD200
Sumner, Graham
ISBN: 1841764876
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2002 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA374. The armour and weapons of Rome's legionaries and auxiliaries have been the subject of intense research and speculation, and much has been published - but almost nothing on the actual clothing of Imperial soldiers. In this first part of a rigorous study of the literary, sculptural, pictorial and archaeological evidence, a specialist author/artist examines the clues which enable us to attempt reconstructions of tunics, cloaks, footwear and other items worn by officers and men all over the empire, from the late Republic to c.200 AD. His text is illustrated with meticulous drawings of surviving relief sculptures - particularly soldiers' gravestones - and eight striking colour plates.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001328  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Roman Republican Legionary 298-105 BC
Fields, Nic
ISBN: 9781849087810
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR162. Soon after the Caudine Forks fiasco, where Roman citizens had suffered the humiliation of being forced to pass under the yoke, an act symbolising their loss of warrior status, the tactical formation adopted by the Roman army underwent a radical change. Introduced as part of the Servian reforms, the legion had originally operated as a Greek-style phalanx, a densely packed block of citizens wealthy enough to outfit themselves with the full panoply of an armoured spearman or hoplite. The function of a hoplite had been the privilege only of those who owned a certain amount of property, poorer citizens serving either as auxiliaries or as servants. Now, however, the Romans adopted the manipular system, whereby the legion was split into distinct battle lines, each consisting of tactical subunits, the maniples. In contrast to the one solid block of the phalanx, the legion was now divided into several small blocks, with spaces between them. The Romans, in other words, gave the phalanx 'joints' in order to secure flexibility, and what is more, each soldier, or legionary, had twice as much elbow room for individual action, which now involved swordplay instead of spear work. Even though still a citizen militia recruited from property owners supplying their own war gear, it was the manipular legion that faced Pyrrhus and his elephants, the Gauls and their long swords, Hannibal and his tactical genius, the Macedonians and their pikes, to name but a few of its formidable opponents. This book, therefore, will look at the recruitment (now based on age and experience as well as on wealth and status), training (now the responsibility of the state as opposed to the individual), weapons (new types being introduced, both native and foreign), equipment (ditto) and experiences (which included submission to a draconian regime of military discipline) of the legionary at the epoch of the middle Republic. The middle Republican era opens with the last great war with the Samnites (Third Samnite War, 298-290 BC) and closes with the Republic at the height of its imperial glory after the victory in North Africa (Iugurthine War 112-105 BC). The provisional legion in which the legionary served now exhibited many of the institutions and customs of the later professional legions, perhaps best reflected in one of its most notable practices, the construction of a temporary camp at the end of each day's march. Lest we forget, however, for our legionary, military service was not a career, but an obligation he owed to the state, and it was this militia army that conquered the peninsula of Italy, defeated the magnificent Hellenistic kingdoms and the mercantile empire of Carthage. All of the Mediterranean basin was now within the imperium of Rome, some of it organized into provinces governed by Roman magistrates, the rest reduced to client status. Romans were acquiring a sense that they possessed a world empire.   As New
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Roman Republican Legionary 298-105 BC
Fields, Nic
ISBN: 9781849087810
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR162. Soon after the Caudine Forks fiasco, where Roman citizens had suffered the humiliation of being forced to pass under the yoke, an act symbolising their loss of warrior status, the tactical formation adopted by the Roman army underwent a radical change. Introduced as part of the Servian reforms, the legion had originally operated as a Greek-style phalanx, a densely packed block of citizens wealthy enough to outfit themselves with the full panoply of an armoured spearman or hoplite. The function of a hoplite had been the privilege only of those who owned a certain amount of property, poorer citizens serving either as auxiliaries or as servants. Now, however, the Romans adopted the manipular system, whereby the legion was split into distinct battle lines, each consisting of tactical subunits, the maniples. In contrast to the one solid block of the phalanx, the legion was now divided into several small blocks, with spaces between them. The Romans, in other words, gave the phalanx 'joints' in order to secure flexibility, and what is more, each soldier, or legionary, had twice as much elbow room for individual action, which now involved swordplay instead of spear work. Even though still a citizen militia recruited from property owners supplying their own war gear, it was the manipular legion that faced Pyrrhus and his elephants, the Gauls and their long swords, Hannibal and his tactical genius, the Macedonians and their pikes, to name but a few of its formidable opponents. This book, therefore, will look at the recruitment (now based on age and experience as well as on wealth and status), training (now the responsibility of the state as opposed to the individual), weapons (new types being introduced, both native and foreign), equipment (ditto) and experiences (which included submission to a draconian regime of military discipline) of the legionary at the epoch of the middle Republic. The middle Republican era opens with the last great war with the Samnites (Third Samnite War, 298-290 BC) and closes with the Republic at the height of its imperial glory after the victory in North Africa (Iugurthine War 112-105 BC). The provisional legion in which the legionary served now exhibited many of the institutions and customs of the later professional legions, perhaps best reflected in one of its most notable practices, the construction of a temporary camp at the end of each day's march. Lest we forget, however, for our legionary, military service was not a career, but an obligation he owed to the state, and it was this militia army that conquered the peninsula of Italy, defeated the magnificent Hellenistic kingdoms and the mercantile empire of Carthage. All of the Mediterranean basin was now within the imperium of Rome, some of it organized into provinces governed by Roman magistrates, the rest reduced to client status. Romans were acquiring a sense that they possessed a world empire.   As New
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Book Number: 005919  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Romano-Byzantine Armies 4th - 9th Century
Nicolle, David; McBride, Angus
ISBN: 1855322242
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1992 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA247. Although the Byzantine Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire and faced similar military problems, its solutions were very different. In North Africa, for example, Rome's large army concentrated on securing main roads and urban centres. Byzantium's smaller army built more fortifications and took a defensive stance. The most striking characteristic of later Byzantine military thinking was, however, the theme or provincial army system, which owed nothing to ancient Roman tradition. With eight superb full colour plates by Angus McBride, and many other illustrations, David Nicolle examines the history of Romano-Byzantine armies from 4th-9th centuries.  As New
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Book Number: 006905  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Rome's Enemies Vol. 1: Germanics and Dacians
Wilcox, Peter
ISBN: 0850454735
Osprey Publishing, Limited Oxford, United Kingdom 1982 
 Soft Cover New book, 40 pages, MAA129. These vigorous northern 'barbarians' were the destroyers of the Western Empire of Rome. It was they who delivered the coup de grâce to the dying colossus in the south, subsequently creating medieval Europe, the feudal system and chivalry. Their direct descendants were the knights and men-at-arms. In every sense, they were the creators of the modern world; it is ironic that many people know virtually nothing about them. This book explores the history, weapons and dress of the Germanics and Dacians who fought Rome two thousand years before our time.  As New
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Book Number: 001327  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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