Rome's Enemies (1): Germanics and Dacians (Men-at-Arms, by Peter Wilcox

By Peter Wilcox

Those lively northern 'barbarians' have been the destroyers of the Western Empire of Rome. It was once they who brought the coup de grâce to the death colossus within the south, therefore growing medieval Europe, the feudal approach and chivalry. Their direct descendants have been the knights and men-at-arms. In each feel, they have been the creators of the trendy international; it truly is ironic that many folks be aware of almost not anything approximately them. This ebook explores the heritage, guns and get dressed of the Germanics and Dacians who fought Rome thousand years sooner than our time.

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By the standards of today, or indeed by those of the more sophisticated European powers of 1775, the army of George Washington was administered in a fashion so haphazard as to be almost reckless. The French and Prussian generals of the period would have been shocked indeed to find themselves at the head of such poorly found troops. But we must remember that very few of the Continentals had ever been soldiers before the revolution. They were far from being dismayed at the lack of administrative conveniences whose existence they had never suspected.

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