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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

"It was the summer of AD 16, and Germanicus Caesar had used a fleet of 1,000 newly built ships to return to the heart of Germany in search of Arminius and his German allies. At midmorning, the Roman army came marching down beside the Weser River from where it had camped for the night. With a small force left at the camp to guard the baggage, the legions were marching in battle order.

This time, the Germans were not only ready for Germanicus, but their leader had chosen the location for a decisive battle, and had sent men posing as defectors to lure the Romans into a trap, in the same way that he had lured Varus into a trap seven years before. The chosen place, called Idistavisus by the Romans, was just east of the Weser on a rolling river plain between ranges of low hills. The so-called Great Forest ran along the eastern fringe of the plain, with grassland extending for 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) over low hillocks from the trees to the Weser. Fifty thousand German tribesmen stood waiting on the grass, massed in their tribes and clans, their ranks extending from the forest to the river…."



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Kenntak Inactive Member01 Dec 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

That's interesting, thanks for posting.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

Agreed – thanks for sharing

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

A votre service mon cher amis!. (smile)


Pauls Bods02 Dec 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

Interesting read though The "snow" falling across the page was a bit annoying.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

Glad you like it too my friend!


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