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On the Trail of the Legions - Raymond Selkirk

Anglia Publishing, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled slightly at the head of the upper panel. Very slight shelf cock. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “This book is about a search for new evidence of die Roman military occupation of Britain. The author argues that the problems confronting armies have changed little in the last 2,000 years. Parallel answers to them can be found by studying the successes and failures of armies from Alexander the Great’s to Hitlers.

An army of occupation, for instance, needs to be able to take rapid military policing action, i. e. fast deployment of infantry and cavalry in all weathers. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of miles of Roman roads remain to be found in Britain. These roads formed a vast network constructed for this purpose. As these roads mostly ignore gradients as they switchback up and down the hills and valleys they would have been totally unsuitable for the carriage of supplies by ox-wagon, as other writers would have us believe.

After the Roman withdrawal from Britain, these military roads were unused by the Saxons except as land boundaries. They are now disguised as field walls, hedge lines, footpaths, bridleways and farm tracks. A combination of research, map interpretation and keen observation is all that is required to convert a field walker into an explorer in his own land.

Potential hunters are provided with various search techniques to assist them in identifying Roman roads, bridges, dams, forts, signal stations, aqueducts, etc. They are familiarised with the signs of the Romans and the essential ability to recognise the handiwork of other ancient peoples and how to distinguish it from that of the Romans.”


Size: 9¾" x 6½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 409 pages.
£18.50

This one has already found a new owner.