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Lilian28 Jul 2016 6:22 a.m. PST


that is a new 256-pages LATVIAN book Under the flags of Charles XII Latvians soldiers in Swedish Army during the Great Northern War illustrated by talented Russian artist Nicolas Zubkoff

what Cavalry regiment is presented on the card cover?


"This will be the first of the prepared and issued in Latvia uniformology genre book. Uniformology study and illustrates the different types of uniforms, mainly army uniforms, origin and development. Nearly all European countries have access to books and catalogues, which provide insights into their own national army uniforms and military success in history. National uniformoloģija also serves as a vivid history of the country.
The book's author Arnis Koch Jumītis fixated on the little known, but very significant proportion of Latvian history and Latvian participation in the Great Northern War (1700-1721). He collects Latvian, Swedish, etc. in the state archives, previously unpublished details of the Latvian units that the Swedish royal Army in fighting the war against Russia. The author finds that the Baltic population – Latvians, Estonians, Finns and vācbaltieši (baltic germans) – were the ones who formed the Swedish Army creator of the war against intruders. The book provides information about what the Swedish King Charles XII was conscripted into the Latvian army of men, what were these units, commanded the numerical composition of the battle, where he was taken to the path and what fate befell the parts and soldiers."

imdone28 Jul 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

Where is this available?

dbf167628 Jul 2016 8:20 a.m. PST

The regimental uniform and schabraque appear to be those described in Hoglund's book of the Adelsfanan i Sverige och Finland. It could also be the Adelsfanan i Livland och Osel, which lost a standard at Poltava. The description of that regiment is not inconsistent with the picture. Given the subject matter of the book, my guess is that regiment or the Adelsfanan I Estland och Ingermanland, which also wore grey coats, lined yellow, and yellow schabraques.

Costanzo128 Jul 2016 10:17 a.m. PST

Is it only in Swedish ?

Lilian28 Jul 2016 10:57 a.m. PST

Swedish not at all, it is only LATVIAN, avaiblable in some LATVIAN websites

thank you dbf1676 for your expert eye

two others plates
Livonian soldiers of the Turaidas zemessardzes (home guard militia) Battalion (the web-translation gives "national guard" who seems to me quite wrong, too modern)

and Valmieras Battalion

dbf167628 Jul 2016 11:22 a.m. PST

Are there any summaries in English or Swedish, and approximately how many illustrations, maps, plates etc. are there?

dbf167628 Jul 2016 11:53 a.m. PST

The latter image is of the unit called in Swedish the Wolmar Lantbataljon. Probably militia is as good a term as any in English.

Lilian28 Jul 2016 1:26 p.m. PST

hard to have datas from Latvia, 256 pages 30x22cm, 1.27kg, around 29 to 38€. A sentence
Grāmatā ievietots arī satura kopsavilkums angļu valodā gives "Paper placed in the summary of the content in English"?!

but here something very interesting the book presentation by the author himself on facebook, people manipulate the book throughout the video! and so we can see many pages : very illustrated, arms, flags, maps, uniform plates
look the first 10 minutes :
-c.50s 2 plates officers in grey by Zubkhov
-1'10s officer in turkish-blue with pertuisane
-then Peter the Great (from Zeughaus issue n°54 card cover)
-2'06s Turaidas again with an other not seen before old militiaman in blue and white cuffs on the right taken from the book
-3'43s Alüksnes landmilitiaman in grey and yellow
-4'48s flags
-6'mn I recognized also 3 others old previously published Zubkov's Russian soldiers taken from russian magazine Zeughaus
-8'27s etc, etc
-9'32s text in english the "summary"??
so I count the Cavalryman of the card cover, the 3 Turaidas, Alüksnes, Valmieras landmilitamen, 2 officers in grey, one pertuisanier, old soldier in blue giving at least for Nicolas Zubkov 8 Swedish-Latvian and 4 Russians uniform plates, others uniform plates are shown illustrated by an other artist

spontoon28 Jul 2016 4:24 p.m. PST

Oh, great! More GNW units to paint!!

Lilian29 Jul 2016 8:00 a.m. PST

Yes but in Latvian bookshops, perhaps some more westernized British or US library will obtain some copies like On Military Matters who received books around the world including in hungarian I saw
that is the Editor's website and facebook, ZVAIGZNE 29.06€, don't know for the p&p, it is more expensive in others Latvian libraries like "Janis Roze" for 28.33£ – 38.50€ – 54.48$

Swampking08 Aug 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

Awesome! Just another book to add to the GNW library. Great find! Thanks.

Lilian10 Aug 2016 11:20 a.m. PST

no reply from Zvaigzne in two weeks about the number of plates and how many pages for the english summary, maybe Latvia is on an other planet…
I assume both officers in grey belong to the land militia zemessardzes but what is the unit for the officer or NCO in turkish-blue uniform?

Swampking10 Aug 2017 8:04 a.m. PST

Okay, in case anyone is interested, I ordered this book a week ago and received it today. I'll post a more detailed review if anyone wants.

First impressions are that it's a beautiful book with lots of illustrations. The number of prints I'll have to count, though it appears the artist didn't put any of the Latvian troops in turnbacks (besides the cavalryman on the cover). All in all, I'm happy with the purchase. The only drawback that I can see is that there are no orders of battle for the various battles in Livland, Ingria, and Estland – which is what I'm mainly interested in.

Again, if anyone is interested in purchasing the book and wants a more detailed review, let me know on this thread and I'll post it.

I also purchased two other books, one in English entitled, "The Great Northern War in Estonia: The Trials of Dorpat, 1700-1708" written by an Estonian historian and the other book in Swedish written by two Russian historians, entitled, "KAMPEN MOT ÖVERMAKTEN. BALTIKUMS FALL 1700-1710," which translates into something like "The Fight Against the Superpower: The Fall of the Baltic, 1700-1710". If anyone is interested in a review of either of those books, let me know and I'll post it as soon as I get the books and have had a chance to examine them.

Happy gaming!

dbf167618 Aug 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

I also bought the book. Got it from Janis Roze booksellers. The only method of shipping to the U.S. as by FEDEX courier, which cost about $25. USD Lots of color pictures with both original art and photos of pictures they are well-known. Each regiment has campaign, flag and uniform info, although much of this is available the the Hoglund book. I also liked the photos of original muster rolls, etc., of which there are several examples.

All in all, this is a well-produced book that is worth the money if you are a collector of GNW books.

Lilian28 Apr 2019 8:34 a.m. PST


Oh oh – what I see – a second book in the same kind published early this year

always in latvian unfortunately!

Latvian soldiers of the second half of 17th and first half of 18th century in the Armies of Denmark Norway Netherlands Prussia Holstein Duchy of Courland Great Britain Russia and even until France or Venice or with the VOC in South Africa

Don Sebastian22 Nov 2019 2:11 p.m. PST

Does the book has any uniform information not available on Hoglund's books?

dbf167626 Nov 2019 8:25 a.m. PST

Don S.,

Other than the illustrations, not much. It a cool book, but not essential, if you have Hoglund.

Don Sebastian14 Dec 2019 8:50 a.m. PST

Thank you!

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