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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 4:59 a.m. PST

Hello everyone,

I am looking for a book (but not an ospreys, thank you) with a maximum of uniform illustrations of the different regiments of the two belligerents in this conflict, thank you.

PS: Is there anything better than this?

Mexican-American War, 1846-48 (Brassey's History of Uniforms)


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 6:05 a.m. PST

I know nothing better than the Brassey's volume, but may I ask what the Ospreys' fatal flaw is? I generally found them quite useful for smallish wars and armies such as this.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 7:47 a.m. PST

There is also this:


And this:


I own these, as well as Brassey. I think they all compliment each other.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 8:05 a.m. PST

robert piepenbrink, I buy the ospreys from then 1976 and they are starting to tire me, if not is there also a Brassey's volume for the Indian Mutiny?

Thank you 79thPA because these two are not expensive!

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 8:26 a.m. PST

If you can find Jose Hefter's The Mexican Soldier, it's fantastic. He covers all the Mexican regiments and the plates are sufficient for you to do an entire Mexican army. Text is English and Spanish.

doc mcb13 Mar 2023 8:56 a.m. PST

Yes, Hefter is what you want.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 10:11 a.m. PST

Years back when I did my Mex-Am War there was a uniform book that had every Mexican regiment in it. For the life of me I can't remember anything more about it. However, it does mean there is such a book out there.

William Warner13 Mar 2023 11:03 a.m. PST

Joseph Hefter's research for his book is the basis for all other books about Mexican War uniforms. It is indespensible.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 12:12 p.m. PST

Gentlemen All!

Are memories so short? link

Fully in English, with more Hefter color plates than the original edition plus other works by the same author/illustrator.

And Brassey's is fine, if only for the US information, and North's volume for Osprey is also well worth owning, but as said above, "The Mexican Soldier" is the Alpha and Omega.


doc mcb13 Mar 2023 1:40 p.m. PST


Paskal Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 11:06 p.m. PST

It's bought Brassey and Hefter, now I have both and is there this same kind of good old books for the Indian mutiny?

So I can make something with my dear 25mm MiniFigs.

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Thanks for your help.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 7:33 p.m. PST

I can't help on th Indian Mutiny, but Patrick Wilson at Virtual Armchair General is a wealth of knowledge on the Mexican American War, His site also contains some excellent, and free, resources. It is an interesting and colorful period.

Lilian19 Mar 2023 3:25 p.m. PST

Hefter dead 40 years ago, both Ospreys (MAA in 1976 and Elite in 2004), Brassey (1997), the Anton Adams's book (2001, with 16 plates unfortunately seem done for a children book) and only one recent in 2020 by a compulsive all-topics-periods-and-countries-writer who seems nothing more than a copy of the previous books
well all that is not new, always the same books we used to refer for this topic, it seems that this period and the colourful Mexican Army doesn't meet a great interest among the editors searchers and artists… :/
even if Helion would treat this topic in the future I am not sure that the uniformology will receive a great attention

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2023 3:23 a.m. PST

Lilian are there the same kind of good old books for the Indian mutiny?

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Thanks for your help.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2023 11:34 p.m. PST

For years I had: 'Armies of the 19th Century The British in India 1825 to 1859' by John French. Didn't remember and stumbled across it. There's a lot of talk about the uniforms worn during the Indian Mutiny, that's a good start.

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