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  • Taschenbuch: 80 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (17. September 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1780969279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780969275
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,5 x 0,7 x 24,8 cm
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In this book, the author covers the Civil War’s eastern theater from 1861-65 and leads you through a progressive linage of the fighting infantryman on both sides under the, quoting the book, “appalling realities of warfare in the industrial age.” You’ll follow the infantryman in the key battles such as First Bull Run/Manassas, “The Bloody Angle” Gettysburg, and Chaffin’s Farm/New Market Heights. The later battle sets focus on African American troops fighting for the union. The book further discusses in-depth the tactics and strategies used by both sides. The evolution of uniforms worn by the troops is an interesting story in itself and will surely aid the purist modeler. The diorama modeler will appreciate the interesting period b&w photographs, plus it’s packed with a wide range of colorful paintings and maps. --IPMS/USA

"he book is superbly illustrated with period photos and illustrations as well as art work and maps. It makes for a real insight into the two groups and is a fascinating read in its own right. I'm sure you will enjoy this one."
--Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

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Ron Field was Head of History at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, UK, until his retirement in 2007. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982, he taught History at Piedmont High School in California from 1982 to 1983. Ron was also associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, from 1983 to 1992. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on US military history, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, DC, in 2005. The author lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK.

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The Blue and the Grey fighting "for cause and comrades". 15. November 2013
Von D. C. Stolk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
A couple of years ago Osprey started the "Duel"-series. But that series focuses on the "hardware" side of warfare, with weapon-systems like ships, planes, tanks etc. facing off. Now it's time for the "poor bloody infantry" to take center stage, as the "Combat"-series pits history's warriors against one another.

"Union Infantryman versus Confederate Infantryman: Eastern Theater 1861-65" is the second volume in this new series and provides, in 80 pages, a comparison of Billy Yank against Johnny Reb during the Civil War. It is written by Ron Field, an authority on the Civil War.
As author Field mentions in his introduction, the invention of the Minié ball (and subsequent improvements thereupon) made for increased accuracy, which had a marked effect on the performance of the infantryman on the Civil War battlefield, and was one of the reasons why tactics began to favor the defending infantry. Due to the effect of black-powder smoke, which obscured visibility, troops often managed to get within close range. The infantryman in close combat inevitably fought independently, and "off his own hook", throughout the Civil War as the din of battle and loss of leadership took its toll.

The introduction is followed by a concise comparison of the development and training of the armies in either butternut or blue, in chapters such as "building an army", "recruiting infantry", "uniforms, equipment, and weapons". "drill manuals and tactics" and "conduct in battle". Two "combat"-inserts of color plates, depicting a union and a confederate soldier from front and back, are also to be found in this section, which comprises 29% of the book.

The second section, and the bulk (about 53%) of the book, consists of a description of three clashes between Union and Confederate forces, to illustrate the changing face of battle during the Civil War years.
In the first example, newly recruited infantrymen of both sides clash at First Bull Run/Manassas (July 21, 1861); the second example used is one of the Civil War's most pivotal battles, the three-day collision between the Blue and the Grey at Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), and specifically, "The Bloody Angle", popularly called "Pickett's charge," which took place on the third day. The third example used is the bloody assault on Confederate positions at Chaffin's Farm/New Market Heights, outside Petersburg (September 29, 1864).
These three examples are described using first-hand accounts of these encounters, and are followed by an analysis and conclusion by the author on the way that the role of the infantryman, and the capability of his commander, changed considerably during the course of the Civil War. Also included is a handy "orders of battle" for the three encounters.

The overall narrative is accompanied with clear, detailed maps; as mentioned above, color plates of the two different types of combatants involved in the fighting and split-screen artwork showing key "over the shoulder" moments from both sides' perspective. The artwork is done by illustrator Peter Dennis, and he does an skilful job. Many photographs (often from the author's own collection) enliven the expert analysis. A great read on this subject!

One minor critical note: I read this E-book, which was optimized for larger screens, on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and there are a lot of almost postage stamp-size pictures used to accompany the text. On this Kindle, I was able to enlarge the pictures using the "zoom"-feature, but I don't know what size these pictures are in the paper version. Viewing this E-book on the Kindle Paperwhite: these pictures are slightly larger on the page, but on this device you don't have the "zoom"-feature. So be aware that this might influence your reading pleasure.

The strength of the Osprey format is also its weakness: the Combat-title is limited to 80 pages, so there's no room for anything more than a "Reader's Digest"-type coverage of the topic, always leaving you with just a taste of what's to offer but not the full meal. This is compensated with an abundance of pictures, maps and full-color artwork you (usually) won't find in a regular history book.

For further reading on the Civil War, I recommend:
On the soldiers themselves: "Confederate Infantryman, 1861-1865" by Ian Drury (#6 in the Osprey Warrior-series) and "Union Infantryman, 1861-1865" by John Langellier (#31 in the Osprey Warrior-series).
On the battles used as examples: "Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War" by William C. Davis; "Gettysburg" by Stephen W. Sears for the complete battle; "Pickett's Charge-The Last Attack at Gettysburg" by Earl J. Hess for just the part covered in this Combat-title; "The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia June 1864-April 1865" by Noah Andre Trudeau.
For a general history of the complete Civil War itself: "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era" by James McPherson, and on the aftermath: "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877" by Eric Foner.
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Quite good despite a few errors 26. Dezember 2013
Von David W. Nicholas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I haven't ever read one of these "vs." books before, so this was a first for me. I only had the electronic version on my computer (because I got it from NetGalley), so I could read all the text and see most of the illustrations reasonably well, but didn't have the book itself. The author can't really focus on different fighting styles or tactics, because the two antagonists here fought pretty much the same way with pretty much the same equipment. Instead, he focuses on how tactics evolved during the Civil War, and that topic is interesting. He shows himself to be pretty knowledgeable.

Unfortunately, in the opening passages of the book the author tells you that the Minie ball made firing a rifle faster than firing a musket. This isn't true; the bullet dropped down the barrel at the same speed whether the barrel was rifled or not. What the Minie ball did was make rifles reload at the same speed as muskets. Until the invention of the Minie ball, rifles were primarily used for skirmishers; muskets, though of a shorter range, were easier to reload and therefore much deadlier at close range, where accuracy was less important. The author doesn't seem to understand this distinction, and strangely no one at the publisher caught this either.

Outside of this and one or two minor errors, the book's pretty good, and clearly outlines the subject the author's laid out for himself. Recommended.
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Billy Yank Vs. Johnny Reb Locked in Mortal Combat! 16. März 2014
Von Michael OConnor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Ron Field's UNION INFANTRYMAN VERSUS CONFEDERATE INFANTRYMAN: EASTERN THEATER 1861-65 is a fascinating, at-close-quarters look of the war as experienced by Union and Confederate infantry. Using a wealth of illustrative material and first-person reminiscences, Field immerses the reader in the life and times of the common soldier and how they fared in the course of three battles. A 2013 Osprey Publishing release, UNION INFANTRYMAN VERSUS CONFEDERATE INFANTRYMAN is part of their new COMBAT series.

Field's book certainly packs a great deal of information and illustrations in 80 pages. Field lays a solid foundation for how USA and CSA soldiers eventually fared in the three battles described, detailing weapons, equipment and, especially, training. He then summarizes those battles - First Bull Run, Gettysburg's 'Bloody Angle' and Chaffin's Farm/New Market Heights - in some detail and analyzes the reasons for the various battles' outcome.

The book is nicely-illustrated with vintage and contemporary b&w photographs along with color maps, color illustrations of typical USA/CSA infantrymen and battle scenes by Peter Dennis.

Field's book is the first COMBAT title I've read. I was impressed; it's a comprehensive, appealing 'up-close-and-personal' summary of combat as seen by the common Civil War footsoldier. Recommended.
Four Stars 8. Dezember 2014
Von Sherry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
A good reference book, I would recommend it any that are interested in wargaming! :)
Five Stars 2. Dezember 2014
Von rosie13 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Very interesting book & sure to please the Cival War historians.
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