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Lilian10 Aug 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

At Winged Hussar Publishing

Memento Mori10 Aug 2019 1:48 p.m. PST

This is a great book for the War of 1812 and should be purchased by anyone interested in the uniforms of that conflict.

The book is composed of about 100 drawings by Olivier Millet that were featured in his 1812 web site This is an example


Except for the cover illustration (shown bove) these are the only illustrations in the book

Garde de Paris10 Aug 2019 4:11 p.m. PST

The cover is by McBarron, who died at 85 in the last century.

He did "day room" art for the US Army, and I was able to buy his color prints for $.15 USD each in the 1950's from the Government Printing Office in Washington, D, in my late teens.


Love his work. Look so thin! as I war (5' 11", 135 pounds) when I was graduated from high school in 1954.


Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 5:03 a.m. PST

I don't have the book and probably won't buy it. What I do have are two uniform books on the War of 1812 by Rene Chartrand.

They are A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the United States in the War of 1812; and A Scarlet Coat: Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the British in the War of 1812.

The first is 195 pages and the second is 227 pages. Both are excellently illustrated with period paintings, modern art work, and photographs of actual clothing and equipment.

The books cover the combat arms (infantry, artillery, and cavalry) as well as the supporting services and militia. The US Marines are also covered as are the Royal Marines as well as Indians.

These two books are both excellently done and are highly recommended for anyone interested in the uniforms and equipment of the War of 1812. Rene Chartrand is a noted historian and uniformologist and all of his work is excellent and noteworthy.

H Charles McBarron was an excellent military artist and I have his work also, and have for years.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 6:02 a.m. PST

I have both of Rene's books as well and can second your recommendation.

Alan M11 Aug 2019 6:35 a.m. PST

I have the Chartrand books but have also just ordered this one. I like the simplicity of the plates.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 7:55 a.m. PST

Olivier Millet's plates are very good.

In addition to the above excellent recommendations I recommend, "Military Uniforms in America: Vol II Years of Growth, 1796-1851, The Company of Military Historians", which has many of McBarron's plates and commentary.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 1:58 p.m. PST

Agree completely with Military Uniforms in America, Volume II.

McBarron's plates are excellent.

Mike O12 Aug 2019 2:04 p.m. PST

A link to Olivier Millet's excellent War of 1812 site here (in French but in the age of online translation apps not really a problem):

Assuming from the text on the cover this book is in English? Does that mean the captions to the very informative Millet illustrations (themselves based on the style of Alexis Cabaret's Mont-Saint-Jean site) have been translated too?

Olivier Millet has also released a free online eBook in French on the subject:

Memento Mori13 Aug 2019 8:35 a.m. PST

Yes new book is entirely in English.It is divided into sections covering the various sections of each army.The illustrations are shown separately with a short description for each figure

This book is ideal as a quick reference using the excellent lists

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