Monday, April 5, 2010

#174 Germany...Thanks Peter!

The 55c stamp on the right was issued in 2009 commemorating 2000 years of Varus battle,which is also called The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest or Varian disaster by Roman historians.

The battle took place in A.D. 9 when an alliance of Germanic tribes led by Arminius, the son of Segimer of the Cherusci, ambushed and destroyed three Roman legions, along with their auxiliaries, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus.

The battle established the Rhine as the boundary of the Roman Empire for the next four hundred years, until the decline of the Roman influence in the West. Despite numerous successful campaigns and raids by the Roman army over the Rhine, the Romans made no further concerted attempts to conquer and hold Germania beyond the river.

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