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Featured battle : Bronkhorst Spruit

Part of British Victorian Colonial 'Small Wars'

Date : 20 December 1880

A column of the 94th Foot were halted, ambushed and cut down by a Boer commando under Franz Joubert or their way to Pretoria. The opening engagement of the 1st Boer war, this set the tone for the rest.

Featured image :

Housteads Roman Fort - Barrack blocks

Housteads Roman Fort - Barrack blocks

An excavated infantry barracks, clearly showing the separate rooms which would have accomodated up to 8 soldiers.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses

Bishop, M C
Providing exactly what the title suggests, this is primarily a gazetteer of all currently known Roman Legion bases, each with well referenced details such as location, situation, size, orientation etc. as well as the units that were based there together with line drawings and photographs. The handbook also contains appendices of Legionary timelines and a clear list of fortresses listed in the Notitia Dignitatum.

The introductory section is short, but focussed carefully on the architecturally important details that pertain to Legion bases, and while well written, does assume a reasonable working knowledge of Roman military history. The bibliography is truly huge, and all in all this handbook should be considered an essential reference for a Roman military scholar.
Pen & Sword, Barnsley., Jan 2013

Reviewed : 2013-02-12 00:00:00