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Avalon Artisan Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 3:36 p.m. PST

I know this question has been raised before, but I have yet to see any conclusive answer to the issue, so forgive me for raising it again in hopes that someone has gleaned more info in recent months!

With the sad passing of Bill Rawkins last year, his excellent, lavishly-illustrated books/CDs on various Napoleonic uniforms went "off the market" almost immediately. I have several of them, and had been hoping to pick up a few more last year, before tragedy struck.

Does anyone have any info on whether the CDs (or pdfs?) are going to be available again any time soon? I had heard that his family did not feel prepared to go ahead with selling them, but have they been acquired by anyone else? Are they likely to be?

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ChaosMan Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 8:28 p.m. PST

In January 2021, his step daughter confirmed the website was closed and that the family was not going to carry forward the work "Unfortunately, none of us know enough about the history to continue with his books". I've been trying to reach out. There's been no contact since May 2021.

I'm willing to try to cobble together a full collection if possible and make them available.

This is the list/bibliography:

CB2 – The Austro-Hungarian Army: 1792 – 1814 (CD, 448 pages)
– The Austro-Hungarian Army: 1805-1814 (1977)
– The Austro-Hungarian Army: 1798-1814 2nd Edn. (1980)
– The Austro-Hungarian Army 1792-1814 (1984) 3rd. edn.

CB3 – The Army of the Kingdom of Italy: 1805 – 1814 (CD, 389 pages)

CB4 – The Army of the Kingdom of Bavaria: 1792 – 1814 (CD, 225 pages)
– The Bavarian Army: 1805-14 (1978, Rev Ed 1982)

CB5 – The Rheinbund Contingents 1806 – 1813: the Duchy of Nassau, Grand Duchy of Wόrzburg & The Saxon Duchies (CD, 148 pages)
– The Armies of Westphalia & Wurzburg: 1806-1814 (1979)
– The Army of Saxony: 1805-14 (1979, Revised 1984)

CB6 – The Rheinbund Contingents 1806 – 1813: Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarzburg, Waldeck, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Oldenburg & Franfurt

CB7 – The Army of the Kingdom of Naples: 1806 – 1814 (CD, 185 pages)
– The Armies of Naples & Kleve-Berg: 1806-1814(1978)

CB8 – The Army of the Kingdom of Westphalia: 1807 – 1813
– The Armies of Westphalia & Wurzburg: 1806-1814 (1979)
– The Royal Westphalian Army 1807-1813 (1983)

CB11 – The Royal Saxon Army: 1792 – 1814 (CD, 312 pages)
– The Army of Saxony: 1805-14 (1979 Revised 1984)

CB13 – The Army of the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt: 1806 – 1814 (CD, 130 pages)

ChaosMan Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 8:37 p.m. PST

CB14 – The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw: 1807 – 1814 (CD, 130 pages)
- The Polish Army: 1807-14 (1980)
- The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814 (1983)

CB15 – Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795 – 1814: the Irish & Germanic Regiments (CD, 250 pages)

CB16 – Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795 – 1814: the Swiss Regiments (CD, 163 pages)
– Foreign Regiments in French Service 1805-1814 (1) Swiss & Regiments Etrangere (1982)

CB17 – The Army of the Grand Duchy of Baden: 1806 – 1814

CB18 – The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden: 1802 – 1814 (CD, 107 pages)

CB19 – The Army of the Kingdom of Wόrttemberg: 1806 – 1814
– The Armies of Baden and Wurttemberg 1806-1814 (1979, Revised 1984)

CB21 – The Army of Portugal: 1793 – 1814

CB22 – Foreign Regiments in French Service 1797 – 1814: the Mediterranean and Balkan Regiments

CB23 – Foreign Regiments in French Service 1808 – 1814: the Portuguese Legion and the Iberian Troupes Ιtrangθre (CD, 152 pages)

CB27 – The Army of the Grand Duchy of Berg: 1806 – 13

CB28 – Foreign Regiments in French Service 1798 – 1814: the Polish Legions (CD, 235 pages)

CB31 – The Army of Hanover and the King's German Legion: 1793 – 1815


CB26 – The Army of Denmark-Norway: 1800-1814 – In prep 2019-20, suspended
CB29 – The Army of Brunswick 1792-1815 – planned, never released
CB37 – The Spanish Army of Joseph Napoleon 1808-1813 – planned, never released
Others planned included Russia, Prussia, Netherlands, Hanseatic League, Dutch & Belgian

Prince of Essling30 Sep 2021 1:30 a.m. PST

To fill in the missing details supplied by ChaosMan for the above:

CB6 – The Rheinbund Contingents 1806 – 1813: Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarzburg, Waldeck, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Oldenburg & Franfurt (CD – 270 Pages)

CB8 – The Army of the Kingdom of Westphalia: 1807 – 1813 (CD – 282 pages)

CB17 – The Army of the Grand Duchy of Baden: 1806 – 1814 (CD – 132 pages)

CB19 – The Army of the Kingdom of Wόrttemberg: 1806 – 1814 (CD – 180 pages)

CB21 – The Army of Portugal: 1793 – 1814 (CD – 235 pages)

CB22 – Foreign Regiments in French Service 1797 – 1814: the Mediterranean and Balkan Regiments (CD – 238 pages)

CB27 – The Army of the Grand Duchy of Berg: 1806 – 13 (CD – 77 pages)

CB31 – The Army of Hanover and the King's German Legion: 1793 – 1815 (CD – 322 pages)

Note CB18 – The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden: 1802 – 1814 (CD, 107 pages) was updated and reissued in 2015 – number of pages was 107.

Erzherzog Johann30 Sep 2021 3:39 p.m. PST

I'm sure there would be great interest.

philbo6601 Oct 2021 11:06 a.m. PST

I'd buy a bunch of them.

Lotusman02 Oct 2021 7:22 a.m. PST

I have quite a few on cd and would certainly purchase some more

setsuko11 Oct 2021 4:10 a.m. PST

While I think it would be great if someone could make sure that they are available again, would it not be legally questionable to just make them available without the consent of the estate?

Prince of Essling11 Oct 2021 5:22 a.m. PST

@Setsuko – indeed it would.

ChaosMan Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2021 12:25 p.m. PST

@Setsuko and @Prince of Essling -- There's zero interest in violating copyrights or doing something against the wishes of the estate. Another attempt is being made to contact Bill's step daughter who engaged in January. By saying "make available" I should have been clearer and noted that it would be in the context of getting any money back to the family or to a charity of their choosing, etc. If UK law is similar to the US, I'm presuming there's a 70 year life on the copyrights and they belong to the estate.

In the meantime, happy to buy each ebook from the community at $20 USD/each to create a comprehensive collection. I'll post in the Market Board.

Prince of Essling14 Oct 2021 4:33 a.m. PST

@ChaosMan,
An excellent call – I wasn't expect anything less.
The length of UK copyright is 70 years from the author's death. Full guidance at link

If possible it would also be good to try and get hold of the uncompleted works but maybe that is "a bridge too far".
Ian

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