Roman Special Forces and Special Ops
Speculatores, Exploratores, Protectores and Areani in the Service of Rome
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
176 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 16 color illsutrations
- June 2023
- In Stock
Simon Elliott reveals the kinds of special operations conducted by the Romans: tactical scouting ahead of the legions, covert strategic reconnaissance in neighboring states, espionage, assassination or abduction of dissidents and enemies, counter-insurgency, and close protection of Roman officials and commanders. While such missions were frequently executed by ad-hoc units or individuals detailed for that specific mission, the author goes on to reveal the evidence for the aforementioned specialist units. He concludes with an analysis of the extent to which these various forces corresponded to a modern conception of Special Forces. These men were the eyes and ears of the Empire, the deadly tip of the Roman sword.
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