Battle in the Teutoburg Forest
At the archeological park and memorial at the Kalkreise hill area, at Varusschlacht, at the Teutoburg Forest, there are clues, dating from 9 ACE. See http://www.kalkriese-varusschlacht.de/en/varusschlacht-archaeology-2-6/; and the account of the Roman historian, Livius, at http://www.livius.org/te-tg/teutoburg/teutoburg04.html/ There, it appears that the Roman Commander named Publius Quintilius Varus (thus the Varusschlacht) and the three legions he led, were defeated, and by decentralized Germanic tribes called "Cheruscian" led by one Arminius.
There have been other archeological claims for the location of the Varus battle, perhaps in Holland. But in 1987, combinations of finds, including coins and military objects, led to the Kalkreis hill site here, near Osnabruck., near Vorden. Roman army, auxiliary soldiers and cavalry, an ideal site for an ambush. A nearby town, Engter (the same as "Enger?") means , and the topography fits the ambush idea.
There is this memorial, specifically mentioning this battle, and one of the legions believed to have fought here.
- Custer defeated by Native Americans asserting rights to lands that had been set aside for them, led by Sitting Bull at the Battle of Little Bighorn;
- Russia and probably (perhaps, realistically, now the US and United Nations) US defeated by Afghans asserting rights to lands that had always been Afghan of one ilk or another;
- Iraq, fast-overwhelmed about a decade ago; now coming back and expelling the US for its miscalculation
- Rome's legions defeated by Germanic tribes at Varusschlacht
- Teutonic Knights defeated by Poles at Grunewald, later Tanenburg
Native Americans ever more deprived, led to death. US resources and spirit gone, perhaps, in Afghanistan and the futility ; and Saxons defeated ultimately -- centuries after Varusschlacht -- by Charlemagne and the Pope; and Germany, aiming once again to "redeem" its humiliation at Grunewald, making that a major battlefield in WWI -- and prevailing, at least for a time.