Series: Officers and Soldiers (Book 19)
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Histoire and Collections (December 19, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"Allied Swiss Troops in French Service 1785-1815" by Didier Davin and Andre Jouineau is Book Number 19 of the "Officers and Soldiers of" series published by Histoire & Collections. As in the earlier books of the same series, this one is also translated by Alan McKay. Again, the numbering of the pagination starts from the cover page and ends on the back cover page as page 68. Page 2 shows the cover illustrations of the other books in this series. Pages 66 and 67 shows the cover illustrations of books in the "Men and Battles" series. Actual content is about 61 pages in total. This book includes the following subjects: Chapter 1: The Allied Swiss Troops in French Service (1789-1815); Chapter 2: The Allied Swiss Troops in the Service of the Republic, which includes The Helvetian Half-Brigades 1798-1805 (why not just state demi-brigades?); Chapter 3: The Swiss in the Service of the Empire, which covers the 1st Swiss Regiment, the 2nd Swiss Regiment; the 3rd Swiss Regiment; and the 4th Swiss Regiment; Chapter 4: The Battalion Valaisan 1805-11; Chapter 5: The Neuchatel Battalion 1806-1814; Chapter 6: The Swiss in the Service of Spain. The uniforms of these soliders are illustrated by computer generated graphics and they are as usual beautifully done, and they are accompained by brief notes, e.g.,Grenadier after the plates of A. Martinet. The translations in this book is done better than some of the earlier ones in the series, but still there is room for improvement. Nevertheless, most people buy this kind of books mainly for the beautiful uniform illustrations. Wargamers, modelers and amateur uniformologists will find this book a useful introduction and quick guide to the Swiss troops during the Napoleonic period.
Excellent book with clear full colour illustrations of uniforms. 60 pages that put the meagre OSprey Men At Arms offerings to shame. Original price for these books was under $20, so they were a steal.
Excellent illustrated plates with enough side and back illustrations to give the viewer complete idea of what these uniforms looked like. Just enough historical background on the different periods and units to wet my appetite for more in depth research.
Quite comprehensive and very visual description of 30 years' of SWISS Mercenary Service..... It is a pity it did not cover all of the 18th Century and the post Napoleonic era.-This booklet complements handsomely MEN-at-ARMS's Napoleon's Swiss Troops.
I wanted to learn more about Swiss uniforms during the Napoleonic wars - to paint some 15mm troops. This was perfect. Not much history or discussion of morale, recruiting, etc. - just uniform details, and super plates to illustrate their text. The Osprey counter-product has more overall detail, but does not allow you to learn as much about Swiss uniforms. This one does that very well.
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