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Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2012 2:15 p.m. PST


mine came yesterday.. Australia Post contractors delivering parcels on a Sunday????…things must be hectic in the parcel room.
Having been a student of Frederick's army since the heady summer of 11975/76 I must say it is wonderful and comes recommended highly by me..and I speak as person who only recently bought Dorn and Engleman.
One might be heard to tut tut, ,"Jumbo, do we need ANOTHER bloody book on Prussian infantry uniforms?"
Well,in the case of this book, the answer to that is and overwhelming YES. The good professor has excelled himself,amongst many things now all the flag staff and pike staff colours are listed in one place. I look forward to the next volume , which , no doubr will concern itseldf with Fusliers and specialists.
For the serious student of the SYW, and WAS ,Prussian military then this book is, in the low cant of the TV advertiser, a "must have".

BigE4NFL Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

I too bought the book recently and find it outstanding (plus I really liked the arrangement of the regiments by region which seems to be the way Frederick viewed the units). Great for the painter and helps with a number of questions I could not get from other works.


Voltigeur 1960 Inactive Member24 Dec 2012 5:26 a.m. PST

Looking forward to getting my copy tomorrow and I'll be making sure that I get subsequent volumes too!

I'd strongly recommend his books on the Austrian Army too.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2012 9:26 a.m. PST

Thanks for the reviews, I'll have to consider this one.

waaslandwarrior24 Dec 2012 10:09 a.m. PST

I recently bought his book on the Saxon army and was also impressed.
I already have several uniform books on Austrians and Prussians, but am considering buying them all now!

Personal logo Chris Rance Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2012 2:59 p.m. PST

Oooh – I've been waiting for this! First purchase of the New Year, I think!

summerfield26 Dec 2012 3:49 p.m. PST

Thank you for the kind words. It was the first book where I was awash with information and illustrations hence it is a quarter larger than any of my previous books. The choice of not using illustrations was very difficult.

A great deal of care was done to colour correct to how the original ilustrations were produced 250 years ago. It should be noted that there was especially in the pink, yellow and yellow pigments/dyes the greatest variation. This is how it was then when we are dealing with vegetable dyes.

For those who would look inside.

summerfield01 Jan 2013 4:38 a.m. PST

The second Volume will deal with the Fusilier, Garrison and Land Regiments. The Grenadier Battalions are dealt with separately as they fought separate from the Infantry Regiments. It is interesting that the Grenadier Battalions were mostly formed from companies from the same province.

As I am already at 190 pages as text without illustrations, I will probably deal with the Jager Bn in the volume dealing with the Freikorps.

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