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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2018 1:06 p.m. PST

….Organization, Campaigns

"Often overlooked is the fact that, in addition to being Emperor of the French, Napoleon was also King of Italy. As such he was the first man to hold such a title since antiquity, albeit that the Kingdom was ruled by Eugene de Beauharnais as Viceroy. There seems little doubt that had Napoleon remained in power for a few more years then the Kingdom's Army would have been the cornerstone of a unified Italian State a half-century before Garibaldi. The Kingdom may only have comprised about a third of the Italian peninsula, but it was inevitably a major contributor of manpower to the Grande Armée. Despite this, and the continuing popularity of the study of Napoleonic armies and uniforms, there has not previously been a full-length study of the appearance of this Army nor any comparable synopsis of its service. The uniforms of the Kingdom's Army were heavily influenced by those of Napoleonic France but there was, in addition, enough ‘Italian flair' to make them distinctive and the Army's service record was the equal to that of any of France's allies and satellites, and considerably better than most"
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Redcurrant10 Dec 2018 3:55 p.m. PST

This is on my list of books to buy when it comes out.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2018 11:30 a.m. PST



marshalGreg11 Dec 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

It does not say much on colored or other uniform description it will include.
Anyone know or heard?

Paul Demet12 Dec 2018 12:08 a.m. PST

This is on the publisher's website: link

Lilian16 Dec 2018 7:03 p.m. PST

not precised if it will consist in 16 news commissionned plates or something other, the last book about the Neapolitan Army was illustrated by Boisselier artwork,

from the same author there will be the book about the Swiss Regiments of the French Army who should be published at the same date

Gazzola19 Dec 2018 8:40 a.m. PST


Great spot, even though it means I have yet another title to add to my to-get list.

The author's book about the Swiss also looks interesting an looks as though it will be published in the same month, so that's gone on my list as well.

However, I will not hold it against the author for being a cat person, liking cricket and mistakenly believing London is the best city in the world. We all have our faults! LOL

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

Happy you like it my good friend!. (smile)


Lilian22 Dec 2018 8:18 a.m. PST

received news from the Editor
Unfortunately Stephen's books are both delayed. We're now looking at the Swiss one in the New Year, and the Italian one rather later in 2019. These are primarily textual books, with supporting artwork from a number of sources.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

Sad news…..


rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2018 8:40 p.m. PST

Well not as sad news as the apparent end of the H&C Officers and Men of France series! They were 2 volumes into the French Dragoon's series (4 volumes? Planned). And nothing was ever heard from again. So close to being complete set, cavalry, infantry, artillery, guard, etc.

138SquadronRAF25 Dec 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

Thank you for the find!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 3:16 p.m. PST

No mention mon cher cousin!. (smile)


Lilian22 Jan 2022 2:45 p.m. PST


from Series Editor Andrew Bamford

Long-term followers of the series may remember that we had originally listed this study of the army of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy for publication back in 2019. Unfortunately, the author was unable to deliver the manuscript as planned, and we had to withdraw the book from our schedule.
We are pleased to announce, however, that we have now received the completed text and images, and that the book will be published in the late-Spring or early-Summer of 2022.

Gazzola28 Jan 2022 4:24 p.m. PST


Great news. A title to look forward to.

Prince of Essling07 May 2022 1:19 a.m. PST

Now available from Helion link with £5.00 GBP off RRP until Monday 9th May

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