- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Anness Publishing (24. November 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0754815714
- ISBN-13: 978-0754815716
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 2,5 x 30,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars: Detailed Information on the Unifroms of the Austrian, British, French, Prussian and ... with Additional Material on the Minor Forces (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 24. November 2006
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This work contains an unprecedented wealth of over 550 full-colour illustrations, including specially commissioned uniforms, battle plans and campaign maps. It is an expert guide to the weapons, equipment, deployment, tactics and motivation of the national forces of the day, as well as fascinating detail of the day-to-day life of a Napoleonic soldier. It is an unrivalled reference to the insignia, appearance and experience of the fighting men of the period. The book's main focus is the soldiers who fought the historic battles of the day, and the uniforms they wore. It was in this age of war that military uniforms flourished, with an astonishing array of flamboyance, colour and intricate detail. The cut and colour of uniforms were used for identification from afar by the generals directing battles from strategic viewpoints, but at this point in time were also given an extraordinary level of detail in facings, laces and buttons, which carried never-ending intricate differences to denote regiment, rank or division. With over 550 specially commissioned and expert colour artworks, each regiment is vividly portrayed here in all their glory.All the major nations involved in the conflict, France, Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia, are covered in detail, and there is a section on the uniforms and contributions of the smaller forces, including those from America, Spain, Italy and Saxony.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Digby Smith was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, in 1935. He spent three years in India prior to the Second World War and another in Pakistan in 1948, following his army family around the globe. He joined the army as an apprentice tradesman in 1951, and in 1961 was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and spent over 10 years in Germany. From 1970 he was part of the German Federal Armed Force. He resigned from the army in 1979 and until 1995 worked in logistics and customer services in the computer and IT field. In 1995 he began to compile the Greenhill Napoleonic Wars Data Book. His books include Armies of the Napoleonic Era, Navies of the Napoleonic Era (David & Charles); Armies of 1812, Armies of the Middle East (PSL); Napoleon's Regiments, 1813 Leipzig, and the Battle of the Nations (Greenhill Books). Many of his earlier works were published under the nom de plume of Otto von Pivka.
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Although there are about 250 plates devoted to showing a uniform of an individual unit this actually just scratches the surface. Consider, there are about 30 plates of the units of Great Britain plus another four plates of Kings German Legion and Brunswickers combined, another four to the East and West India companies and seven of other foreign troops who fought under the British. 16 of those plates are used to show British line infantry. Considering the changes in uniform, Scots units, varying Rifle companies and battalions this gives you just enough information to paint most of the British units you might want. This pattern is repeated for all the major combatants.
If you want a cheap introduction to the uniforms of the Napoleonic wars that is jam packed with illustrations then this is the book to get. Although, if you want to start modeling you would probably need more.
The The Napoleonic Source Book by Philip J. Haythornthwaite lacks the color plates but has a much better collection of information on uniforms and uniform changes. If you can get a copy, grab it. Plus, he also gives a good idea of the varying sizes of units throughout the era and a whole lot more.
Napoleon's War in Spain: The French Peninsular Campaigns, 1807-1814 by Henry Lachouque et al and Military Dress of the Peninsular War, 1808-1814 by Martin Windrow are good examples of campaign centered books that really give you a great understanding of the uniforms of the period without having to resort to Osprey (although, if you wanted to spend that much money, Osprey are great, most being very good but some still vary in quality). Both of these books have less color plates than Digby's book but give a much better view of the uniforms.
And if you want a book on battle tactics of the Napoleonic era then a great place to start is Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon by Rory Muir.
One of my favorite books for uniforms, as lopsided as it is, is Hourtoulle's Soldiers and Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars. This book uses tableaux instead of Digby's individual soldiers and is therefore able to show many more examples of soldiers within a regiment (plus the backs usually) but not as many individual units overall. Still a fantastic book. Or if you have the money get Elting and Knotel's spectacular NAPOLEONIC UNIFORMS: 2 Volume Boxed Set and NAPOLEONIC UNIFORMS: Vassals and Enemies (2 Volume Set, Volumes III & IV).
The book is packed with hundreds of full color illustrations of uniforms from the various branches and unit types; hussars, lancers, artillery, guards, infantry, sappers and many more are all represented. Facing tables are included. The book does not contain enough detail for the grognards (hardcore wargamers), but it does contain a great deal more than many other books. I would highly recommend this book to someone just starting out. I would also recommend it as a painting guide for someone who did not have hundreds of dollars to spend on other books.
Certainly, this one book is a great replacement for my aging dog-eared volumes by Liliane and Fred Funcken. I do wish the book had more rear views of equipment, something the Funckens did quite well.
As a bonus, the book also contains an overview of the major campaigns and structure of each nations forces. Again, great information for someone just starting to learn about the period; or those more experienced who are looking for an overview in one volume.
As a napoleonic gamer, who would love to see the genre grow, a great book like this one is the stuff that will get us there. For a new gamer, napoleonics can easily seem inaccessible, because of the cost, and amount of information one must sift through to understand the period. So kudos to Digby Smith, for getting so much great information in one, well-priced book, and for a job well done!
Other than that the information is quite good which gives an introduction with an excellent map and has some information.
The next section then goes into the background history into what lead to the Napoleonic wars giving you the history of Pre-Revolutionary France, the Causes of the Revolution, the Terror, the Directory and finally the Napoleonic rise and fall. There is also a part on the Trafalgar battle with the map at the start of the sea battle and ship positions and the reason for the battle with very good tables of navy strengths of various nations. There is also an interesting section of Life of a Soldier, Uniforms and Badges of Rank and Major Campaigns and Battles (these maps are rather disappointing).
Next you have the history of various countries starting with France which tells of the uniform changes and development and includes each part of the army: infantry, cavalry and the artillery. The gradual information changes of the uniforms are very interesting and are a good reference source.
The French, Austrian and Russian sections are excellent as well as the British role during this period. The rise of the German countries and Prussian sections are also well written. The Section on the USA, Denmark and Sweden, The Grand Duchy of Warsaw along with Spain and Portugal, Italy and Naples make it very alive. The Glossary to finish is an average deal that some will read with interest.
All in all it is a very good, well written piece but if you are only interested in the Napoleonic wars, this will not be so good. It does concentrate too much on the revolution uniforms and plates which, if it had been called Uniforms of the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars would have made it a better accurately described book. None the less with it's background information leading into the Napoleonic period, this is a very good book to read.
Well worth the wait.
Overall I was disappointed but for the price it is a good overview if you do not need in depth coverage of any of the particular topics.