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British Napoleonic Uniforms: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Uniforms, Facings and Lace Hardcover – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New edition edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862274843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862274846
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Franklin is the author of British Napoleonic Field Artillery: The First Complete Illustrated Guide to Equipment and Uniforms and British Rockets of the Napoleonic and Colonial Wars 1805-1901.


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I would recommend using other sources as well.
Heke
This book is a catalog of each infantry and cavalry's uniform during the Napoleonic wars.
A. Hopson
Received this book a few weeks ago and have finally had a chance to give it a read.
J. Evans

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heke on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This title represents a detailed and encyclopaedic study of the regulation uniforms worn by British cavalry and infantry regiments during the Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815. Excluded from this study are named but unnumbered regiments, foreign regiments in British pay, regiments recruited for service in the colonies, or the veteran and Garrison battalions.

The subject is divided into four sections: The Cavalry Commonalities, which discusses headwear, coats and jackets, netherwear , accoutrements, horse and harness furniture, and swords and carbines; The Cavalry Regiments, which discusses the individual regiments of heavy and light cavalry; Infantry Commonalities, with chapters on headwear, coats and jackets, netherwear, tartans of the Highland Regiments, accoutrements, and swords muskets and carbines; and The Infantry Regiments, which describes the individual regiments of foot guards and regiments of foot. There are two appendices: the first illustrates the rank distinctions of officers and enlisted men while the second discusses the primary sources used such as pattern books, clothing regulations, and surviving examples. Inconsistencies between the different sources consulted are explained in the text.

This book impresses by its logical lay-out and by the detail in both the colour plates and the explanatory text. Every cavalry and infantry regiment appears by its order of seniority and each plate is accompanied by an explanation giving a very brief history and the dates of relevant changes to the uniform.

The plates, all of which are in colour, are CAD-drawn but the quality is excellent. The accuracy of colour rendition is consistent throughout, although the green of the 95th Regiment of Rifles is a lighter shade than I expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martel1971 on April 1, 2010
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I have been looking for a reference book on British uniforms that was detailed and in color. This book fits those requirements and more. It will be very useful for the historic miniature painter. Price is a bit steep, but well worth it to have all the information in one place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on January 11, 2011
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Received this book a few weeks ago and have finally had a chance to give it a read. In short it's a great book for what's advertised. You will receive a large amount of detailed information and great illustrations of British Infantry and Cavalry uniforms of the Napoleonic Period (1792-1815). I haven't seen anything that will surpass it in this category. What you don't get; Artillery, Staff and Specialists info or combat history. This book is focused on uniforms and only uniforms. If that's what you're looking for buy it. If you're looking for battle history and organization this isn't the book for you.
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This book is a catalog of each infantry and cavalry's uniform during the Napoleonic wars. There are no histories, or illustrations of units in action, but detailed drawings of each component of every regiment of the period.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wasp on December 18, 2011
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I wrote a review a year or so ago that was generally favourable but pointed out an error regarding the 46th (South Devonshire) Regiment's legendary red feather. This headgear distinction was allegedly worn by the Regiment's Light Company to commemorate a small but bloody skirmish in Pennsylvania during the American War of Independence. Franklin shows a red 'tuft'being worn in a 46th shako.There is, however, no evidence for such a distinction being worn before 1833. I suggested that this might indicate that the research for this handsome book, while encyclopedic, might be a little shallow.

Why the review has disappeared, I have no idea. So there is a précis.
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