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The Story of the Lovat Scouts - 1900-1980 with Contributions to 2000 (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Michael Leslie Melville The Story of the Lovat Scouts - 1900-1980 with Contributions to 2000 (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Michael Leslie Melville
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This regiment of scouts was raised by Lord Lovat in 1900, mainly from Highland stalkers. Valiant, hardy and unorthodox, they and their successors distinguished themselves in two world wars. In a variety of roles they were always superb in fieldcraft, spying and reconnaissance. This book tells their story.

Midnight in America - Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (Paperback): Jonathan W. White Midnight in America - Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (Paperback)
Jonathan W. White
R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Civil War brought many forms of upheaval to America, not only in waking hours but also in the dark of night. Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the minds of Americans in both the North and South. Sometimes their nightly visions brought the horrors of the conflict vividly to life. But for others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime. In this innovative new study, Jonathan W. White explores what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans and what their dreams reveal about their experiences during the war. He shows how Americans grappled with their fears, desires, and struggles while they slept, and how their dreams helped them make sense of the confusion, despair, and loneliness that engulfed them. White takes readers into the deepest, darkest, and most intimate places of the Civil War, connecting the emotional experiences of soldiers and civilians to the broader history of the conflict, confirming what poets have known for centuries: that there are some truths that are only revealed in the world of darkness.

Gunners in Normandy - The History of the Royal Artillery in North-west Europe, January 1942 to August 1944 (Hardcover): Frank... Gunners in Normandy - The History of the Royal Artillery in North-west Europe, January 1942 to August 1944 (Hardcover)
Frank Baldwin, Will Townend
R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The official account of the Royal Artillery's activities in the Normandy campaign, this volume breaks down the historic achievements of the Regiment, integrating newly published research with a detailed account of their activities, logistics and equipment in the offensive. Gunners in Normandy includes mention of every regiment that served, a Roll of Honour, and a list of the dead by unit. This book presents the definitive record of events, assembled from interviews with veterans, papers and documents from the Firepower Archives, terrain studies, personal memoirs, war diaries and other official documents. Serious students of the battle for Normandy should find this essential reading, with comprehensive coverage of the role of the Royal Artillery, and much material not published anywhere else, including orders of battle, the details of targets engaged by the guns and their effectiveness.

The New Army in Training (Hardcover): Rudyard Kipling The New Army in Training (Hardcover)
Rudyard Kipling 1
R234 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A collection of Rudyard Kipling's articles based describing Lord Kitchener's volunteer army, written just a couple of months after the death of his son at the Battle of Loos.

SAS Nazi Hunters (Paperback): Damien Lewis SAS Nazi Hunters (Paperback)
Damien Lewis 1
R215 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R62 (29%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

'A humbling, inspiring account of some of the real founders of modern day Special Forces soldiering' Bear Grylls Praise for Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author Damien Lewis' SAS mission series: 'One of the great untold stories of WWII' - Bear Grylls on SAS Ghost Patrol 'A tale of bravery against desperate odds' - Sunday Times on Churchill's Secret Warriors 'True adventures laced with staggering bravery and sacrifice' - Sun on Hunting the Nazi Bomb SAS Nazi Hunters is the incredible, hitherto untold story of the most secret chapter in the SAS's history. Officially, the world's most elite special forces unit was dissolved at the end of the Second World War, and not reactivated until the 1950s. Among their last actions was a disastrous commando raid into occupied France in 1944, which ended in the capture,torture and execution of 31 soldiers. It can now be revealed that the SAS never was dissolved: it lived on, commanded personally by Churchill and hidden even from the British government. They were tasked with hunting through the ruins of the Reich for the SS commanders responsible for the murder of their comrades, including many who had escaped the failed justice of the Nuremberg trials. Along the way, they discovered before anyone else the full horror of Hitler's regime, and the growing threat from Stalin's Russia. Still studied by the SAS today and a central part of their founding myth, the story of the Nazi hunters is now told by bestselling author Damien Lewis.

Mobilizing the Russian Nation - Patriotism and Citizenship in the First World War (Paperback): Melissa Kirschke Stockdale Mobilizing the Russian Nation - Patriotism and Citizenship in the First World War (Paperback)
Melissa Kirschke Stockdale
R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The First World War had a devastating impact on the Russian state, yet relatively little is known about the ways in which ordinary Russians experienced and viewed this conflict. Melissa Kirschke Stockdale presents the first comprehensive study of the Great War's influence on Russian notions of national identity and citizenship. Drawing on a vast array of sources, the book examines the patriotic and nationalist organizations which emerged during the war, the role of the Russian Orthodox Church, the press and the intelligentsia in mobilizing Russian society, the war's impact on the rights of citizens, and the new, democratized ideas of Russian nationhood which emerged both as a result of the war and of the 1917 revolution. Russia's war experience is revealed as a process that helped consolidate in the Russian population a sense of membership in a great national community, rather than being a test of patriotism which they failed.

Mobilizing the Russian Nation - Patriotism and Citizenship in the First World War (Hardcover): Melissa Kirschke Stockdale Mobilizing the Russian Nation - Patriotism and Citizenship in the First World War (Hardcover)
Melissa Kirschke Stockdale
R2,084 Discovery Miles 20 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The First World War had a devastating impact on the Russian state, yet relatively little is known about the ways in which ordinary Russians experienced and viewed this conflict. Melissa Kirschke Stockdale presents the first comprehensive study of the Great War's influence on Russian notions of national identity and citizenship. Drawing on a vast array of sources, the book examines the patriotic and nationalist organizations which emerged during the war, the role of the Russian Orthodox Church, the press and the intelligentsia in mobilizing Russian society, the war's impact on the rights of citizens, and the new, democratized ideas of Russian nationhood which emerged both as a result of the war and of the 1917 revolution. Russia's war experience is revealed as a process that helped consolidate in the Russian population a sense of membership in a great national community, rather than being a test of patriotism which they failed.

No Quarter Given - The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46 (Paperback, Revised edition): Christian... No Quarter Given - The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46 (Paperback, Revised edition)
Christian Aikman, Alastair Livingstone, Elizabeth Stuart Hart
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A unique historical record compiled from the rolls made by the Hanoverian army of the Duke of Cumberland after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Every Scottish regiment present at the battle has been recorded and the following are detailed: Stewarts of Appin, Atholl Brigade, Bannerman of Elsick's, Cameron of Locheil's, Chisholm of Strathglass', Duke of Perth's, Earl of Cromartie's, Forfarshire (Ogilvy's), Frasers of Lovat, Gordon of Glenbucket's, Lord Lewis Gordon's, Grants of Glenmoriston, Grante's Artillery, MacDonald of Clanranald's, MacDonald of Glencoe's, MacDonnell of Glengarry's, MacDonnell of Keppoch's, MacGregor's, Mackinnon's, Lady Mackintosh's, MacLachlan's, MacLean's, MacLeod of Raasay's, Macpherson of Cluny's, Manchester, Monaltrie's and Balmoral, John Roy Stuart (Edinburgh) and Stoneywood's (Aberdeen). The cavalry consists of: Fitzjames' Horse, Hussars, Kilmarnock's Horse, The Lifeguards (Elcho's Troop, Balmerino's Troop), Perthshire Horse, Pitsligo's Horse and the Ecossais Royale. This is a unique and essential record of this important period of British History. Fully indexed.

The Modern Crusaders (Hardcover): R. E. C. Adams The Modern Crusaders (Hardcover)
R. E. C. Adams
R2,064 Discovery Miles 20 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Originally published in 1920. The 231st Infantry Brigade, with which this diary is chiefly concerned, came into extence in January 1917, at a time when its compoent parts were engaged in the campaign against the Senussi, distributed in the Western Desert of Egypt and the Oases, from Sollum to Dakhala. The diary opens on October 1st 1917, when the preparations for the simultaneous attacks on Beersheba and Gaza were nearing completion.

The Longest Winter - The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon (Paperback, New... The Longest Winter - The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon (Paperback, New Ed)
Alex Kershaw
R375 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R47 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On the morning of December 16, 1944, eighteen men of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon attached to the 99th Infantry Division found themselves directly in the path of the main thrust of Hitler's massive Ardennes offensive. Despite being vastly outnumbered, they were told to hold their position "at all costs." Throughout the day, the platoon repulsed three large German assaults in a fierce day-long battle, killing hundreds of German soldiers. Only when they had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemy. But their long winter was just beginning. As POWs, the platoon experienced an ordeal far worse than combat-surviving in wretched German POW camps. Yet miraculously the men of the platoon survived-all of them-and returned home after the war. More than thirty years later, when President Carter recognized the platoon's "extraordinary heroism" and the U.S. Army approved combat medals for all eighteen men, they became America's most decorated platoon of World War II. With the same vivid and dramatic prose that made The Bedford Boys a national bestseller, Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of these little-known heroes-an epic tale of courage, duty, and survival in World War II and one of the most inspiring episodes in American history. The Longest Winter is an intensely human story about young men who find themselves in frightening wartime situations, who fight back instinctively, survive stoically, and live heroically.

The Reaper's Harvesting Summer - The 12-SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' in Normandy (Hardcover): Angelos N.... The Reaper's Harvesting Summer - The 12-SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' in Normandy (Hardcover)
Angelos N. Mansolas
R714 Discovery Miles 7 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'I know every single one of these grenadiers. The oldest is barely eighteen. These boys have not yet learned how to live, but by God they know how to die!' These were the words of the division's commanding officer, SS Oberfuhrer Kurt Meyer for his own men - men admired even by their very opponents. Established in 1943, the 12th SS Panzer Division was designed to become an elite unit, consisting of 17 year-old youths, '... a generation of future soldiers, tough as leather and hard as Krupp steel', commanded by a nucleus of hardened SS officers and NCOs. This is a detailed history of the division from its formation, all through the Normandy campaign where it received its baptism of fire. Although employed in the field for the first time, those young Waffen SS soldiers fought with a tenacity and ferocity unexcelled by any other unit Allied or German deployed in the invasion front, defending doggedly every single yard of ground from Caen to Falaise - a distance of just 25 miles, for which the Canadian and British forces fought hard to capture, paying a high price in human lives.

Congress's Own - A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union (Hardcover): Holly A Mayer Congress's Own - A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union (Hardcover)
Holly A Mayer
R1,098 Discovery Miles 10 980 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Colonel Moses Hazen's 2nd Canadian Regiment was one of the first 'national' regiments in the American army. Created by the Continental Congress, it drew members from Canada, eleven states, and foreign forces. 'Congress's Own' was among the most culturally, ethnically, and regionally diverse of the Continental Army's regiments - a distinction that makes it an apt reflection of the union that was struggling to create a nation. The 2nd Canadian, like the larger army, represented and pushed the transition from a colonial, continental alliance to a national association. The problems the regiment raised and encountered underscored the complications of managing a confederation of states and troops. In this enterprising study of an intriguing and at times 'infernal' regiment, Holly A. Mayer marshals personal and official accounts - from the letters and journals of Continentals and congressmen to the pension applications of veterans and their widows - to reveal what the personal passions, hardships, and accommodations of the 2nd Canadian can tell us about the greater military and civil dynamics of the American Revolution. Congress's Own follows congressmen, commanders, and soldiers through the Revolutionary War as the regiment's story shifts from tents and trenches to the halls of power and back. Interweaving insights from borderlands and community studies with military history, Mayer tracks key battles and traces debates that raged within the Revolution's military and political borderlands wherein subjects became rebels, soldiers, and citizens. Her book offers fresh, vivid accounts of the Revolution that disclose how 'Congress's Own' regiment embodied the dreams, diversity, and divisions within and between the Continental Army, Congress, and the emergent union of states during the War for American Independence.

North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster - Volume 20: Generals, Staff Officers, and Militia (Hardcover): Matthew Brown,... North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster - Volume 20: Generals, Staff Officers, and Militia (Hardcover)
Matthew Brown, Michael Coffey
R1,179 Discovery Miles 11 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Australian Battalion Commanders in the Second World War (Hardcover): Garth Pratten Australian Battalion Commanders in the Second World War (Hardcover)
Garth Pratten
R1,282 R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Save R261 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Australian Battalion Commanders in the Second World War, Garth Pratten explores, for the first time, the background, role and conduct of the commanding officers of Australian infantry battalions in World War II. Despite their vital role as the lynchpins of the battlefield, uniting the senior officers with the soldiers who fought, the battalion commanders have previously received scant attention in contemporary military history. This book redresses the balance, providing a gripping, meticulously researched and insightful account that charts the development of Australia's infantry commanding officers from part-time, ill-prepared, amateurs to seasoned veterans who, although still not professional soldiers, deserved the title of professional men of war. Drawing on extensive and original archival material, Pratten recreates battle scenes and brings to light many diverse personalities. It is a story of men confronting the timeless challenges of military leadership - mastering their own fear and discomfort - in order to motivate and inspire their troops to endure the maelstrom of war.

The Proud 6th - An Illustrated History of the 6th Australian Division 1939-1946 (Hardcover): Mark Johnston The Proud 6th - An Illustrated History of the 6th Australian Division 1939-1946 (Hardcover)
Mark Johnston
R1,276 R1,014 Discovery Miles 10 140 Save R262 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following Mark Johnston"s acclaimed illustrated histories of the 7th and 9th Australian Divisions, this is his long-awaited history of the 6th Australian Division: the first such history ever published. The 6th was a household name during World War II. It was the first division raised in the Second Australian Imperial Force, the first division to go overseas and the first to fight. Its success in that fight, in Libya in 1941, indicated that the standard established in the Great War would be continued. General Blamey and nearly every other officer who became wartime army, corps and divisional commanders were once members of the 6th Division. Through photographs and an authoritative text, this book tells their story and the story of the proud, independent and tough troops they commanded.

The French Prefectorial Corps 1814-1830 (Paperback): Nicholas Richardson The French Prefectorial Corps 1814-1830 (Paperback)
Nicholas Richardson
R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The French Prefectoral Corps was Napoleon's creation. Building on the framework of local government inherited from the Revolution, he installed a rigidly centralized administrative system, running from the Sub-Prefect in the arrondissement, through the Prefect in the department, to the Minister in Paris. The return of the Bourbons threatened this organization. There was the upheaval of the years 1814 15, and as the mechanics of parliamentary government evolved in the years after the Second Restoration, the Corps acquired a political importance which necessarily affected the prefectoral career. There was also a change in rectruitment. To staff this indispensable organ of government the Bourbons called on men of their own choice and service, in particular members of the pre-revolutionary nobility. Dr Richardson has analysed the history of the Prefectoral Corps during the sixteen years of the Restoration.

Midnight in America - Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (Hardcover): Jonathan W. White Midnight in America - Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (Hardcover)
Jonathan W. White
R821 Discovery Miles 8 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Civil War brought many forms of upheaval to America, not only in waking hours but also in the dark of night. Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the minds of Americans in both the North and South. Sometimes their nightly visions brought the horrors of the conflict vividly to life. But for others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime. In this innovative new study, Jonathan W. White explores what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans and what their dreams reveal about their experiences during the war. He shows how Americans grappled with their fears, desires, and struggles while they slept, and how their dreams helped them make sense of the confusion, despair, and loneliness that engulfed them. White takes readers into the deepest, darkest, and most intimate places of the Civil War, connecting the emotional experiences of soldiers and civilians to the broader history of the conflict, confirming what poets have known for centuries: that there are some truths that are only revealed in the world of darkness.

Via Ypres - Story of the 39th Divisional Field Ambulances (Paperback): Allan Jobson Via Ypres - Story of the 39th Divisional Field Ambulances (Paperback)
Allan Jobson
R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The story of the 39th Divisional Field Ambulances beings in the year of 1915 at various recruiting offices, and continues in a thin, uncertain stream of variable humanity, finding its way to the Sussex Downs, facing the sea, at Cow Gap, Eastbourne, Here the lines of white tents, the whitewashed stones, the martial sounds and atmosphere welcomed the embryo soldier to the service of his country, and to fellowship unique and abiding. These embryo soldiers were to become the men that would be responsible for the mobile frontline medical units and had special responsibility for the care of casualties of the Brigades in their Division. Via Ypres tells of these young men - mostly mere boys and non-militaristic in their education - faced with the task of preparing to go to war to take part in the great struggle. These happy, cheerful and perhaps a bit casual soon-to-be soldiers remained just so once training was over but also became the gallant and efficient men who were to be faced with the danger and misery that war cannot help but bring; in doing so potentially risk their lives to save those of their comrades.

Famous Regiments of the British Army Volume Three - A Pictorial Guide and Celebration (Hardcover, UK ed.): Dorian Bond Famous Regiments of the British Army Volume Three - A Pictorial Guide and Celebration (Hardcover, UK ed.)
Dorian Bond
R672 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book, a continuation of volumes one and two, completes the study of more than a hundred British regiments all of whom played more than important roles in world history. In testing times, on foreign adventures victorious, glorious and sometimes disastrous, they have helped shape the history of the British Isles. In this third volume thirty-four regiments are featured - their battle honours, badges and most famous sons - including the stories of the heroic actions of their Victoria Cross holders. Each regiment's section includes artworks and photographs illustrating insignia, uniforms and soldiers in action down through the centuries. While the tales of courage and loss are in themselves enthralling, Dorian Bond divulges many interesting facts about these unique bodies of men: how did the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment get their acorn and oak leaf badge? Which South Staffordshire man became the inspiration for Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy? Did you know that a princess wrote `The Royal Windsor' quick march for the 29th of Foot, later the Worcestershire Regiment? Covering action wherever the regiments found it, from the High Veldt of South Africa to the grim trenches of Passchendaele and from the disaster of Dunkirk to the triumph of Waterloo, Famous Regiments of the British Army Volume Three tells the stories of some of the world's most famous battles and the role these regiments played in them.

The Old Contemptibles (Hardcover): Keith Simpson The Old Contemptibles (Hardcover)
Keith Simpson
R2,191 Discovery Miles 21 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book, originally published in 1981, tells the story of the regular soldiers and reservists of the British Expeditionary Force (B. E. F.) who fought in the first six months of the First World War on the Western Front. This photographic history of the B. E. F. is unique in that the photographs were taken not by official war photographers, but either by the few press photographers who were able to get near the Front or by members of the B. E. F themselves. Complementing the photographs are many first-hand accounts of their experiences by 'Old Contemptibles' and an authoritative text by Keith Simpson.

Handbook of British Regiments (Paperback): Christopher Chant Handbook of British Regiments (Paperback)
Christopher Chant
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Since the creation of the standing army in 1661, when each regiment was known by the name of its current colonel, there have been many reforms and rationalizations of the British army. From 31 cavalry regiments and 113 infantry regiments in 1881, at the time of this title's first publication in 1988, the army had reduced to just 16 regiments of armour and 39 regiments of infantry through processes of absorption and amalgamation. The Handbook of British Regiments provides insight into the lineage and history of the approximately 85 regiments and corps which formed the British army towards the end of the 1980s. Comprehensive in coverage, each has a separate entry giving factual details in a layout standardized for easy comparison, including current title, colonel-in-chief, uniform and history, amongst others. A key title amongst Routledge reference reissues, this handbook provides an accessible guide to specialists as well as lay enthusiasts, and illustrates a sense of the continuity and inherited tradition of each regiment and corps.

The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois - The Story of the Twenty-ninth U.S. Colored Infantry (Paperback): Edward A. Miller, Jr The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois - The Story of the Twenty-ninth U.S. Colored Infantry (Paperback)
Edward A. Miller, Jr
R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois tells the story of the Twenty-ninth United States Colored Infantry, one of almost 150 African American regiments to fight in the Civil War and the only such unit assembled by the state of Illinois. The Twenty-ninth took part in the famous Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, joined Grant's forces in the siege of Richmond, and stood on the battlefield when Lee surrendered at Appomattox. In this comprehensive examination of the unit's composition, contribution, and postwar fate, Edward A. Miller, Jr., demonstrates the value of the Twenty-ninth as a means of understanding the Civil War experience of African American soldiers, including the prejudice that shaped their service. Miller details the formation of the Twenty-ninth, its commendable performance but incompetent leadership during the Petersburg battle, and the refilling of its ranks, mostly by black enlistees who served as substitutes for drafted white men. He recounts the unit's role in the final campaign against the Army of Northern Virginia; its final, needless mission to the Texas border; the tragic postwar fate of most of its officers; and the continued discrimination and economic hardship endured after the war by the soldiers.

The Lineages and Composition of Gurkha Regiments in British Service (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John Chapple The Lineages and Composition of Gurkha Regiments in British Service (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John Chapple
R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This title contains a description of all units in British Service which have enlisted Gurkhas at some period. Revised, written and researched by Sir John Chapple, and his team, who's knowledge of the Gurkhas and their service in the British Army is second to none. It provides the authoritative account of the evolution of raising the Regiments from their inception, dating from 1815 to the present day, the recruitment of the different castes and their districts, and chronological lists of who and what served where.

The Story of Gurkha VCs (Paperback): Maurice Biggs The Story of Gurkha VCs (Paperback)
Maurice Biggs
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Victoria Cross is a decoration awarded to 'those officers and men who have served us in the presence of the enemy and shall then have performed some signal act of valour and devotion to their country.' The first VC awarded to a Gurkha was as a result of the 'most conspicuous bravery' in 1915 in France during the Great War. In all, the Gurkha Brigade has won a total of 26 Victoria Crosses, each with a unique tale of courage and devotion beyond the call of duty. This is their story.

The Complete Roman Legions (Paperback): Nigel Pollard, Joanne Berry The Complete Roman Legions (Paperback)
Nigel Pollard, Joanne Berry 1
R473 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R85 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The legions of Rome were among the greatest fighting forces in history. For almost half a millennium they secured the known world under the power of the Caesars. This pioneering account gathers together the stories of each and every imperial legion, telling the tales of their triumphs and defeats as they policed the empire and enlarged its borders. Focusing on the legions as the core of the Roman army, and chronicling their individual histories in detail, this volume builds on the thematic account of the Roman military force given by its companion The Complete Roman Army , and is vital reading for anyone who has enjoyed that book.

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