Author(s): Nic Fields; Steve Noon (Illustrator)
Accounts of history's greatest conflicts, detailing the command strategies, tactics and battle experiences of the opposing forces throughout the crucial stages of each campaign, Britannia AD 43, The Claudian Invasion, For the Romans, the island of Britannia lay far beyond the comfortable confines of the bright and beautiful Mediterranean world, around which classical civilization had formed and flourished. Although, from a military point of view, the invasion of AD 43 was a misguided venture, the emperor Claudius astutely foresaw its propaganda value, enabling him to emulate one of the most renowned exploits of Caesar (55-54 BC) by pushing the northern frontier of the empire across the 'boundless ocean'. The Roman soldiers that crossed the Oceanus Britannicus in AD 43 comprised a formidable army under the overall command of Aulus Plautius Silvanus, the former governor of the turbulent frontier province of Pannonia. This superbly illustrated and meticulously researched title shows how his brisk campaign (including the battles of the Medway and the Thames) established a Roman province behind a frontier zone running from what is now the Humber Estuary along the Trent Valley to the lower Severn and the Bristol Channel, and down to Lyme Bay on the Dorset coast. The province, however, would soon prove to be something of an expensive mistake. Book jacket.