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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2019 9:47 a.m. PST

Has anyone read or viewed "Armies of The War of 1812: The Armies of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada from 1812 – 1815" Aug 6 2019 by Gabriele Esposito.

I would be grateful for an appraisal before I purchase this book. If possible a comparison to Chartrand's "A Scarlet Coat" and A Most Warlike Appearance would be useful. Thanks.

Memento Mori19 Nov 2019 10:15 a.m. PST

IMO the two books are complimentary and all are part of my library

Esposito's book is a collection of what seems all of the prints found in the War of 1812 uniforms

site link

An example print follows


The Chartrand books are more traditional histories combing, prints multiple illustrations and photographs charts,etc to give a brief history of its subject as well as examples of uniforms and equipment.They would be useful not only to gamers and historians but milit,aria collectors as well.

if you want to know who served where in the Warof 1812 and what their uniforms and equipment were like then Chrtrand is where you go.

If you are a gamer and want to know how to paint a unit or find additional units to add then Esposito is the one.Here you get quick reference of how yr guys without getting into details on history and what they wore and fought with

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 5:09 p.m. PST

Thanks Redblack. As I implied I have both of Chartrand's excellent volumes and I concur with your comments. Your description of the Esposito book is most appreciated.

Camcleod20 Nov 2019 9:12 a.m. PST


The original site for the uniform plates is this one:


Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2019 3:55 a.m. PST

I received the Esposito book yesterday. It is OK as far as that goes, but the Chartrand books are better, as is Volume II of Military Uniforms in American from the Company of Military Historians.

Lilian23 Nov 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

Olivier Millet's plates are known and already availables on the web since c.2015, curious choice of artwork for a new book…?…Giuseppe Rava was initially announced as commissionned for the plates
hoping and praying that the forthcoming on the US Mexican War will not be in the same kind because the illustrator has also a similar website with 16 plates about US and Mexicans

Memento Mori26 Nov 2019 10:08 a.m. PST

Don't compare the two books Esposito's book is a Quick Reference and should be treated as such . It is not a replacement or competitor for Chartrand.

If I am in the middle of a painting session and want to know a specific detail, such as facing colours Esposito's book is right thee without having to go online

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2019 8:10 p.m. PST

Brechtel198; Re Vol II, I totally agree and I use it often.

Redblack; thanks for the clarification. BTW are the plate annotations in English or has Esposito merely copied Olivier's plates?

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