Alpine Regiments of the Roman Army

Alpine Regiments of the Roman Army

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Alpine regiments of the Roman army were those auxiliary units of the army that were originally raised in the Alpine provinces of the Roman Empire: Tres Alpes, Raetia and Noricum. All these regions were inhabited by predominantly Celtic-speaking tribes. They were annexed, or at least occupied, by the emperor Augustus' forces during the period 25-14 BC. The term "Alpine" is used geographically in this context and does not necessarily imply that the regiments in question were specialised in mountain warfare. However, in the Julio-Claudian period, when the regiments were still largely composed of Alpine recuits, it is likely that they were especially adept at mountain operations. As would be expected from mountain people, the Alpine provinces supplied predominantly infantry. Only one Alpine cavalry ala is recorded. About 26 Alpine regiments were raised in the Julio-Claudian period, the great majority under Augustus or his successor Tiberius. Of these, 6 regiments disappeared, either destroyed in action or disbanded, by AD 68. A further 2 regiments were raised by Vespasian. These and the 20 surviving Julio-Claudian units are recorded at least until the mid 2nd century, but by that tshow more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 249g
  • Fec Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135894161
  • 9786135894165