British Military History For Dummies by Bryan Perrett

By Bryan Perrett

A plain-English consultant to Britons in conflict, from the Roman invasion to the continuing Iraqi war
Charging throughout the Britain's army prior, this available advisor brings to lifestyles the battles and wars that formed the background of Britain-and the area. The ebook profiles commanders, explains ideas and strategies, and covers key advancements in weaponry and expertise.

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They already possessed Kent and their later acquisitions provided the names for future counties: Essex (the East Saxons); Middlesex (the Middle Saxons); and Sussex (the South Saxons). Add to this Surrey and Hampshire, the latter forming the basis of the powerful West Saxon kingdom of Wessex, and you can see how tight was the Saxon hold on the southeast of the island. Chapter 3: Arthur, Alfred, and Aethelstan: The Dark Ages Meanwhile, the Jutes had established themselves on the Isle of Wight and the Angles had taken over in what became Norfolk and Suffolk (respectively the North and South Folk).

When the bridgehead was secure, the legionary engineers constructed a bridge. By dawn, two legions and some auxiliary units were in the bridgehead and had formed a line of battle facing downstream, while a third was crossing the bridge, and the fourth was marching towards it. Realising that the Romans had tricked them, the Britons launched a furious attack. For a while the issue hung in the balance, but the Batavians in their rear unsettled the Britons and finally they broke. The battle had offered the Britons their best chance of defeating the invaders and that opportunity was never repeated.

The Romano-Britons had to do something very quickly. Among those who had risen to the top of the Romano-British pile was an influential leader named Vortigern. In about AD 450 he decided to invite two Saxon chiefs, Hengist and Horsa, to provide protection against the raiders in exchange for permission to settle in Kent. This was rather like asking professional criminals to look after the family silver. On arrival in Kent, Hengist and Horsa promptly reached the conclusion that life in Britain was good and that Britain was there for the taking.

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