A concise illustrated study of the Celt-Iberian warriors who fought the Roman legions in the first two centuries BC. The Republican Roman army suffered heavy losses as a result of the 'hit and run' tactics employed by the Hispanics in Ancient Spain. After preparatory chanting, the Celt-Iberians would attack en masse and in apparent disorder. At a pre-arranged signal the warriors would retreat as if defeated. This sequence might be repeated over several days, until finally the Romans lost their discipline and broke formation in pursuit. At this point the Hispanics would quickly mount a counter-attack that would decimate the legions.
Accompanied by photographs and line art, as well as 8 superb colour plates by the legendary artist Angus McBride, this volume explores the organisation, tactics, history, arms and armour of Rome's Spanish enemies.
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Table of Contents
The Peoples of Protohistoric Spain · Warfare in Ancient Spain · Chronology · Impact of the Hispanic Wars on Rome · The Campaigns of Viriatus · The Numantine Wars · Armour and Weapons · Hispanic Cavalry · Balearic Slingers · The Plates
26 Mar 1986
50 black and white illustrations; 8 colour artwork plates